HOUSE REPUBLICANS END TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE WITHOUT CONSULTING DEMOCRATIC COUNTERPARTS

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.”

 

 

 

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HOUSE VOTES TO RELEASE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TO NUNES MEMO

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously today to release a Democratic document rebutting Republican allegations that federal law-enforcement officials mishandled a secret warrant application to monitor an associate of Donald Trump. To me, this move indicates that the Democratic response to the Nunes memo does not call anyone to account for the release of the Nunes memo, which was filled with incomplete information and probably mistakenly included proof that the whole purpose of the Nunes memo was not what Republicans attempted to claim it to be. The Nunes memo, ironically contained more info that the Fisa warrant on Carter Page was a legal and necessary move than evidence that proves otherwise. Especially since the Nunes memo states that Page came into view through a meeting Trump associate George Papadapolous had in which he bragged about Russians getting some dirt on Hilary Clinton.

 

 

 

The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) reports, Democrats say their document is needed to correct a number of misstatements and omissions in the Republican/Nunes memo, which was approved by the White House and released for public view on Friday. Democrats say the memo was a way for Republicans to attempt to discredit the FBI and the current investigation of the president of the United States led by special investigator Robert Mueller. A claim that Trump has vehemently denied.

 

 

 

After today’s unanimous vote to release the Democratic rebuff, the memo will now be sent to the White House to be reviewed by the president before he ultimately decides if the document can be released for public view or not. The White House has five days to decide to release it or not. If the White House decides to object to the release, the House could consider whether to release the information over the objection of the White House. If the White House decided to release one memo by Republicans, I can’t see how you could possibly be against releasing a memo by Democrats pointing out errors in the Republican memo. But who knows? It should be interesting to see what happens in the next five days, and what is in this Democratic memo.