3 ways the House Republicans' Russia report directly contradicts the intelligence community

Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House's intelligence committee. Bill Clark  Zuma

President Trump said Friday a new House Intelligence Committee report proves there was no collusion or coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"They did not find any evidence of collusion, but they do buy the story that Russian Federation interfered in the election", Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News and author of "How I Lost, By Hillary Clinton", told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday.

The House Intelligence Committee Republicans found that the Trump campaign had "ill-advised" contacts with Wikileaks but suggested they were equivalent to alleged contacts between the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian Federation.

Mr 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 the president's eldest son. Clinton campaign paid for opposition research from Russia - Wow!

"It's a witch hunt that's all it is".

But the committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, told reporters that the report exemplified "the [Republican] majority's fundamentally flawed approach to the investigation and the superficial and political nature of its conclusions".

The report reconfirms many aspects of those active measures, which included overtures by human intelligence operatives to Americans, including Trump aides; cyberattacks on state election systems; and the theft and release of Americans' emails as part of a scheme to embarrass them.

Flynn met again with Kislyak shortly before Trump took office - a meeting that led to his unceremonious ouster from the White House after it was revealed he had lied to the FBI about it. Flynn subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. They specifically cited the Trump campaign for "poor judgment" in taking a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russian operatives and dubbed the campaign's praise of WikiLeaks "objectionable".




Meanwhile, Mueller's team and the Senate Intelligence Committee continue to investigate possible coordination between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign.

The committee's Republicans didn't let the Trump campaign completely off the hook.

Those actions include the Trump tower meeting with Trump campaign staffers and a Russian lawyer as well as the DNC and Clinton campaign's efforts to hide their involvement in funding opposition research against the Trump campaign.

The House investigation is the first of several inquiries probing Russian election interference to conclude.

The investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.

Friday's heavily redacted report contained new surprises because a summary of the panel's conclusions was made public last month. "Numerous redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the leader of the investigation said in a statement.

The panel wrote that intelligence officials should immediately alert presidential candidates and Congress when they discover "legitimate" threats to a campaign.

Nunes also probed how Justice Department officials conducted court-approved surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, shortly before the election. "Numerous redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", he said in a statement. A former British intelligence officer produced a series of memos on Trump, based on his sources inside Russian Federation, in a dossier later leaked to the media.

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