Trump Euphoric After House Intel Report Finds "No Collusion" Between President, Russia

Weeks after the House Intelligence Committee voted to officially close its investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians, it has finally released its official account of its findings in a heavily redacted 253-page report which unambiguously proclaims that the committee "found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government."

However, the report wasn't entirely devoid of criticism. According to the report, "the investigation found poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns.” Specifically, it cites Trump associates' contacts with Russian nationals and groups like Wikileaks during the campaign as examples of irresponsible behavior.

Unwilling to let go of the Russia narrative entirely, Democrats on the committee, led by ranking member Adam Schiff, released a 99-page rebuttal claiming that Republicans on the committee purposefully ignored certain witnesses and failed to file certain subpoenas knowingly based on the expectation that they might uncover evidence of Trump campaign collusion.

The committee, which is chaired by Republican Devin Nunes even though he recused himself from the investigation early on and handed supervisory duties over to his second-in-command, Mike Conaway, carried out 73 witness interviews and reviewed 308,000 documents during its investigation.

The probe, which was formally launched on Jan. 25, 2017, examined four areas: Russian active measures, intelligence related to any links between Russian operatives and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, the US government's response to intelligence indicating that Russia intended to disrupt its political system, as well as leaks of classified information out of the intelligence community.

And in what appears to be one of the report's most important findings, lawmakers said they found no evidence that George Papadopoulos had told anyone working with the campaign about Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud's claim that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Papadopoulos was indicted by Mueller and later turned states evidence after being accused of perjury for lying about what he told other members of the campaign about his contacts with Mifsud and his attempts to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But of course, the findings may not be enough to stymie Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who appears hell bent on nailing Trump for something.

The report also cited an email from Paul Manafort asking Rick Dearborn, then a senior campaign policy official, about a change to the Republican convention platform that stripped out arming Ukraine. Manafort, who has been arrested over money laundering allegations tied to his work for former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As one might expect, President Trump was ecstatic over the news, touting it as proof that there was "no collusion" between the Russians and his campaign and demanding that the Mueller probe "MUST END NOW!"

Read the full report here, and the Democratic rebuttal here.

Comments

FireBrander hedgeless_horseman Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

BOOOM!

"found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government."

BOOOM!

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has credited Donald Trump for creating the political backdrop to this week’s inter-Korea talks...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/moon-jae-in-credits-donal

Double barrel shotgun blast to the face of the Left-wing-nutjobs!

Their "explanations" of all this is going to be choice...

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RAT005 ClickNLook Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

Dems really F'd themselves.  They bankrupted all of their political capital rushing to prove something they knew was fake simply because they used to get away with these lies.  Instead of waiting for some eventual genuine overreach by Trump. Now Trump camp is on notice to keep it very clean or very secret.  They'll never prove anything!  MAGA :-)

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east of eden RAT005 Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

And the Repugs are no better. Before Trump got elected I watched a video/movie on Trump musing about running for election. At the time, he was humming and hawing about which party he would 'run for'. In his own words he said" "I think it will be the Republicans, they are the stupidest'.

So. Now go shine your shoes.

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surroundedbyijits ZENDOG Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:51 Permalink

The utter pointless waste of public money, as inexcusable and criminal as it is, isn’t the worst of it. The effect of two years worth of blatant lies and disinformation repeated gleefully over and over again by the despicable, morally corrupt mass media on the publics’ attitudes is something that we’ll be suffering from for generations.

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Gadfly NugginFuts Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

How come they are just finding out about what we knew when this farce of a story broke more than a year ago?  How much time, money and effort has been wasted on this baseless witch hunt?  When will the prosecutions for treason and sedition start?

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Just Another V… NugginFuts Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

Now raid the DIM attorneys offices,  all of them !!    Start the public investigations of the DIM corruption.  !!!!!!

Let it start out as Russian issues, and expand it to "pay to play", then payoffs, then murder, then

lies to Congress,  then taxes, then leaking classified info, then just cause some are really morally and ethically UGLY,

and there are plenty of old morally and ethically ugly DIMS !!!!!!!!!!!!

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I Am Jack's Ma… algol_dog Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

Just to be clear:

 

We’re still all supposed to be all in on the Russia hacking meme, right?  Or else we’re ‘conspiracy theorists?’   

 

Because that’s the thing about conspiracy theorists, they ask for ‘evidence’ but then when told that a dozen analysts hand-picked by a pro-Clinton, anti-Trump perjurer expressed “high (or moderate in the case of the nsa guys) confidence” it was a hack by Russia....  and did so WITHOUT EVER SEEING THE DNC SERVER...  why, those rightwing nutjobs refuse to accept it as absolute, indubitable truth.

His name is Seth Rich.

 

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11th_Harmonic I Am Jack's Ma… Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

+1, and right you are. Furthermore, the average guy / gal / it that considers MSM sheepshit newsworthy has been conditioned to forget that the word "conspiracy" even exists, even when the ID10T box talking-heads present examples during 15 second segments before they shift attention to niggers throwing balls, why the ECMWF missed a two-day forecast, and who got busted last night for some frivolous BS violation of someone's "safe space."

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Boing_Snap 11th_Harmonic Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

Funny how Obama gets a Peace Prize 3 weeks into a Presidency, one that was advertised as "Change", one that did more of the same on steroids. 

While Trump is a new flavor of elitist, he at least is causing some change. So for possibly ending the Korean war of 67 years will Trump get a Peace Prize?

Whether he does or not will speak volumes about Trump elitist support.

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