Trump Slams 'Witch Hunt' Russia Probe After Intel Report

Trump Slams 'Witch Hunt' Russia Probe After Intel Report

Trump Slams 'Witch Hunt' Russia Probe After Intel Report

The one thing both Republicans and Democrats do agree on is that Russian Federation is likely to run interference campaigns in this year's midterm election- and the US needs to do more to strengthen cyber-security.

Cheriss May/Sipa USA/NewscomToday the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The House Intelligence Committee report, which was disputed by Democrats and released over their objections, provides virtually no public information to back up its conclusion about Flynn's interactions with the agents - as most of the section explaining that finding is redacted.

"They were very forceful in saying that the Clinton campaign actually did contribute to Russian Federation, so maybe somebody ought to look at that", Trump declared.

The Mueller investigation, he said, is "a witch hunt". He added that Republicans did not allow the panel to interview all witnesses it sought to before formally ending the probe last month. The probe, they insisted, is not over yet. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the panel's ranking minority member, said in a statement Friday that "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".

Mueller is helming the sole non-congressional investigation into Russian Federation and potential Trump campaign involvement, and has been a constant target of Trump's ire.

In a Friday night tweet, President Donald Trump continued to play the victim when it comes to the investigation into possible Russian collusion.

House Republicans have joined President Trump for months now in trying to raise concern, if not outright alarm bells, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is inept, biased and even corrupt.

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"The Committee remains concerned that Russian Federation will continue efforts to undermine Western democracies, fueling social problems, political instability and division", reads the report.

A 14-month investigation into alleged Russian meddling in USA affairs by the House Intelligence Committee is wrapping up.

Meanwhile, CNN reports Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), who led the investigation, is taking the intelligence community to task for its "overzealous redactions" to the report.

The report's conclusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who accused their Republican colleagues of playing "defense counsel" for the White House throughout the investigation.

Then, the committee criticized Trump's shows of support for Wikileaks.

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. Republicans say they will pressure intelligence agencies to be able to release more information.

"I don't believe the information we're releasing today meets that standard which is why my team and I will continue to challenge the many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months", Conaway said.

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