No Evidence of Collusion Between Russia and Trump Campaign


President Trump said Friday a new House Intelligence Committee report proves there was no collusion or coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation. The report included significant redactions, so the committee may release more information as its members press the intelligence community (IC) for the redactions to be cleared. The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, promised to provide unspecified incriminating evidence about Clinton, but spent the bulk of the half-hour conversation with the three Trump associates lobbying for repeal of certain USA sanctions on influential figures in Russian Federation. "Wow! A total Witch Hunt!". They added that interaction between Trump's team and WikiLeaks, which published emails obtained in a hack of the Democratic National Committee, was "highly objectionable and inconsistent with U.S. national security interests".

The report said that the Trump campaign should not have held a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russians who claimed to have damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, nor praised and communicated with WikiLeaks, which released documents hacked by Russia.

The House Intelligence Committee never interviewed Flynn or his son because they both filed written statements announcing that they would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights in order to avoid self-incrimination as it applied to Mueller's sweeping Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump's attempts to do business in Russian Federation before the campaign also had nothing to do with collusion, Republicans argue. Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! The Committee also found the Trump campaign's periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks-a hostile foreign organization-to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with US national security interests.

They announced that finding in March and released a report on Friday explaining how they arrived at that result. The 253-page document is packed with details and assessments, but is also littered with redacted names and blacked-out passages.

"House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation".

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After a yearlong investigation, the members "found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government".

The episode drew questions about whether Nunes was coordinating with the White House and ultimately led to his recusing from the probe amid an ethics investigation into whether he mishandled classified information. The finding was vehemently opposed by Democrats and other critics who contend the committee did not do its due diligence in investigating connections between Trump's associates and the Kremlin. Instead he launched a pair of investigations on his own, taking aim at the Justice Department and FBI.

Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation successfully renewed secret warrants to spy on a Trump official, Page, during the campaign, which requires multiple levels of authorization and approval from a secret court.

The report criticized intelligence officials, saying they leaked information before and after the election that installed Trump as president. He said numerous blacked out details include information already public such as witness names and previously declassified information. "The Committee, moreover, was unable to fully investigate and determine the financial backing, scope, and reach of Russia's covert effort", the report said.

President Trump, speaking Friday alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office, said the report is "strong, powerful, conclusive".