Trump Slams 'Witch Hunt' Russia Probe After Intel Report

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Investigators found "no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government", said the report released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. 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. A total Witch Hunt.

The committee's sharp partisan divide was illustrated by the counter-memos issued in February regarding the anti-Trump dossier that was used by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials under President Obama to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer.

Another Russian revelation came as the New York Times reported the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower back in 2016 has now confessed she was also an informant to the Russian government.

The committee's investigation began with bipartisanship but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.

Although emails have revealed that the President's son, Don Trump Jr. accepted the meeting on the premise that he would be offered incriminating information on Hillary Clinton by way of the Russian government, Republicans turned it around and attacked Democrats for hiring Fusion GPS, a research firm, to investigate ties between Trump associates and Russia.

The report's authors attempt to equate the actions of the Trump and Clinton campaigns, faulting both for "poor judgment and ill-considered actions".

Last month, in response to the committee announcing that finding, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it stood by the intelligence community's findings and it will review the committee's report.

In February, a USA federal jury charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies as part of an investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Even as the White House and Republicans continue to insist that there's no reason to think President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the commander-in-chief took to Twitter Friday night to call the Russian Federation investigation a "hoax" and to say the Mueller should never have been appointed.

Trump was questioned about the 243-page report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee.

Conway took over the investigation in April 2017 from Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) after he stepped down when he faced accusations of making "unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law regulations, or other standards of conduct". A former British intelligence officer produced a series of memos on Trump, based on his sources inside Russian Federation, in a dossier later leaked to the media. Instead he launched a pair of investigations on his own, taking aim at the Justice Department and FBI. Republicans say they will pressure intelligence agencies to be able to release more information.

"I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC".

"Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available such as witness names and information previously declassified", Conaway said in a statement Friday.

Conaway said the committee had pledged to be "as transparent as possible" with the report.

House investigators cautioned that Russian Federation will continue meddling in USA elections and suggested some fixes that would help the government and politicians better defend against that interference.

"I was very honored by the report", President Trump said from the White House.

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