House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee effectively closed an investigation into collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign on Monday, declaring none was found.
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. It will detail Russian cyberattacks on USA institutions during the election and the use of social media to sow discord. Republicans would likely accuse Democrats of partisanship if the Russian Federation investigation was reopened. "We've interviewed everyone we think we need to interview".
The committee's traditional bipartisanship began unraveling in the spring of past year, when Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., took a secret trip to White House grounds to review information gathered by unnamed sources purporting to show that President Trump was under surveillance by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign.
The committee issued a subpoena to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in January, but in his return testimony he still did not answer questions about his time in the White House. GOP draft report will also contend that evidence does NOT support intel community assessment that PUTIN tried to help Trump win. Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, insisted to a Senate hearing last week that the administration is engaged on the issue of election security, and said the Treasury Department would announce sanctions on Russian Federation as soon as this week. The Ethics Committee closed its investigation of Nunes in December.
The committee's partisan split grew deeper in February, when Republicans released the "Nunes memo" alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance authority to target Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.
The move comes before Democrats have a chance to seize control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. CNN reported that the Democratic report might also point out the investigation's shortcomings.
Still, only the Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be pushing forward at full speed on its probe, as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is preparing to release transcripts of the committee's interviews with participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting - a potential sign the committee is done investigating that matter. The most extensive investigation is being run on behalf of the Department of Justice by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal probe is continuing.