On Monday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence announced that after more than a year-long, bipartisan investigation, they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the statement from the Committee read.
The committee’s findings were compiled in a detailed report, more than 150 pages in length and included more than 600 citations.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) of the House Intelligence Committee announces the panel has found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. pic.twitter.com/pciOQKy2EM
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 12, 2018
President Trump touted the results over social media, shortly after the announcement.
“THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,” Trump tweeted.
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
“We didn’t find any evidence of collusion and I don’t think [special counsel Robert Mueller] will either,” Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, who led the bipartisan investigation, said, per Fox News.
The House Intelligence Committee spent 14 months investigating Russia collusion
There was no evidence
Period. Full stop.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 13, 2018
The committee’s investigation was based on four topics: Russian active measures against the 2016 U.S. election, the U.S. government’s response to the attack, links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and purported leaks of classified information.
“We believe we’ve got the information necessary to answer those for the American people,” Conaway said.
After The House Intelligence Committee announcement this question came from a British friend. “How much tax payer money was wasted because the democrats couldn’t accept the results of the election?”
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 12, 2018
The report also noted that based on its investigation which lasted more than a year, the committee disagreed with the intelligence community’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a “supposed preference” for then-candidate Donald Trump.
“We disagree with the Intelligence Community’s position that Putin favored Trump,” Conaway told Fox News. He said he had “no contact” with the White House during the probe.
The majority staff on the committee is expected to send the draft report to the minority staff on Tuesday. Once the draft report is adopted by committee Democrats, the report will be submitted to the intelligence community for a declassification review, and following that process, it will be released to the public, officials said, though the timeline at this point is unknown.
As CNN reports, the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a similar investigation into election integrity and seems to be reaching a similar conclusion:
The Senate Intelligence Committee is forging ahead with its investigation into Russian election meddling. But Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr told CNN on Monday that he had not yet seen any evidence of collusion or to substantiate the intelligence community’s assessment that Putin was trying to help Trump win, though he said the committee was still investigating and had not reached conclusions on either matter.
“I’ve read a lot about it, but I haven’t seen any” evidence of collusion, Burr said.
Asked about repeated efforts by Russians to coordinate with the Trump campaign, Burr said: “It’s collusion on part of the Russians, I guess, but not the Trump campaign.”
Burr would not say if he agreed with the Intelligence Community’s assessment that Putin tried to help Trump, calling it simply “a 30-day snapshot.”
“I don’t think we’ve seen anything that would substantiate that to this point,” Burr said.
According to a report from Fox & Friends, mainstream media outlets including CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News spent less that one minute combined covering the story.
Nothing to see here? Network nightly news spent only 58 seconds covering the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe findings pic.twitter.com/eClAQhnoPJ
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 13, 2018