Published a report on the intervention of Russian Federation in election
- Author: Tracy Klein Apr 30, 2018,
Apr 30, 2018, 1:26
According to its report, the committee also found that "Russian-state actors and third-party intermediaries were responsible for the dissemination of documents and communications stolen from US political organizations". But the report was very powerful, very strong.
His "periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks, a hostile foreign organization", was "highly objectionable" and "inconsistent", the report states. Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump Jr.
The investigation found that Russia's "increasingly aggressive cyber operations" would "continue to present a profound threat".
Panel Democrats fiercely opposed the conclusion, arguing that the committee did not interview enough witnesses or gather enough evidence to support its finding. In Friday's release, the committee elaborated and exonerated Trump from accusations of wrongdoing, claiming instead that it was the intelligence community and Federal Bureau of Investigation that failed to properly respond to interference in the 2016 election.
Expectedly, Democrats dissented, accusing the Republican-majority committee of intentionally steering the investigation away from scrutiny of the president, refusing to issue subpoenas, and generally undermining the integrity of the probe with partisan outlook.
"This dissemination worked in conjunction with derisive messages posted on social media to undermine confidence in the election and sow fear and division in American society", the report states. One day later, the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes, took a clandestine trip to the White House grounds to review classified information that quickly drew scrutiny after he publicly disclosed that Trump associates' communications had been swept up by US spy agencies and accused Obama administration officials of misconduct.
"Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate - or even see, when in plain sight - evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses", Schiff said.
The final report reiterated the findings and conclusions made public last month by the committee's Republican majority.
The GOP-authored report marks the close of its investigation, which began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling. But the probe did provide important public revelations.
The report challenges one part of a January 2017 intelligence assessment that found that Russian meddling was an effort to help Trump.
Entire pages of the report are blacked out, but committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he hopes a less redacted version might become available later. Nunes was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but never formally rejoined the House investigation.
It also said Congress should consider revising the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to include "malicious worldwide cyber actors". The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs of all for limited certain employees with top secret clearances.