Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing 'Collusion' Reports

House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing 'Collusion' Reports

Republicans and Democrats on the committee will produce two separate reports about the investigation, which is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with agents of the Russian government to interview in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal and CNN.

Over two-thirds of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Donald Trump to enact sanctions on Russian Federation, the latest push by lawmakers for a response to investigators' findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

"We found no evidence of collusion, and so we found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings", Conaway said. He noted that the worst they had uncovered was "perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment at taking meetings" - such as the June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower, which Conaway said "shouldn't have happened, no doubt about that". He said he had "no contact" with the White House during the probe. "We're not dealing in fiction, we're dealing in facts and we found no evidence of any collusion".

At least 137 of the Democrats in the House signed a letter, seen by Reuters on Monday,"strongly urging" Trump to adhere to a law he signed last summer imposing sanctions on those who do business with Russia's military and intelligence sectors.

Although the committee interviewed prominent people in Trump's circle, like former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, it was unable to secure an interview with the president himself.

Democrats have previously said that the Republican-led investigation was not as extensive as they would have liked and that more witnesses needed to be interviewed.

The Democratic memo prepared by Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) states the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ acted in good faith.

Several Republicans on the panel have been signaling for several weeks now that they're ready for the Russian Federation investigation to wrap up, arguing that Democrats are trying to extend the probe into the campaign season.

He also argued against using subpoenas or stronger measures - such as contempt citations - to compel any more testimony from witnesses who have appeared before the panel but refused to answer questions related to their time in the administration, arguing that Trump might eventually want to invoke executive privilege.

But Democrats say the committee has raced through its final interviews, while allowing witnesses to pick and choose which questions they answer. "We've interviewed everyone we think we need to interview". He declined to put a timeline on when the report would be made public, as the committee intends to submit it to the intelligence community for declassification beforehand. And it increases pressure on the collegial Senate Intelligence Committee to come out with a credible bipartisan report from its own Russian Federation probe. CNN reported that the Democratic report might also point out the investigation's shortcomings.

Two other congressional committees, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are conducting their own investigations into Russian meddling.

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