Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee decided to wrap up their year-long probe into whether or not their was collusion between the Trump administration and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. The Republicans concluded there was no collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia or Russians. Republicans came to this unanimous (all Republican) decision without consulting with Democrats.
USA Today (@USATODAY) reports, the probe was ended over the objections of Democrats, who said that key documents and testimony still have not been obtained. Even though Republicans have collectively come to an agreement to end the investigation, they have not publicly agreed why now was a good time to do so. Some say there was no collusion and there was no proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Others have said Russia definitely did interfere in the election, but they did not help Trump. While others say Russia interfered in the election, helped Trump, and purposely attempted to hurt Hilary Clinton. How the question of the last one can allow Republicans to say this investigation should come to an end, is beyond me. But let’s face it, this House investigation was nothing more than a farce from the very beginning. Every Republican made it crystal clear that they were not on the committee to investigate any wrongdoing in the election. They were there strictly to help Trump. That was known from early on when Devin Nunes ran to the White House claiming to have new information that something crooked was going on. The new information he ran to the White House with, came from…..wait for it……………..the White House.
The GOP majority on the House panel are scheduled to show its 150-page draft report to Democrats on Tuesday before seeking approval from the full committee to release it to the public. Democrats have already written a separate report that concludes that there is strong evidence that the Trump team colluded with Russia and the Kremlin, and therefore should continue on with the investigation. Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff released a statement in which he basically said “the fight will go on with or without the House investigation.”