Congressional Rep Slams Colleagues For Abruptly Ending Russia Investigation.
Democrats have condemned Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee after they said a draft report of their probe of Russia’s election interference contradicts key U.S. intelligence agencies on important aspects of Moscow’s campaign.
On Monday the top Republican working on the probe, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, said that the investigation is wrapping up after a year of looking at whether the Trump campaign aided Russia in their efforts to meddle in the election.
In a one-page overview of the committee’s findings, Republicans wrote that while they agreed with the January 2017 intelligence report by the CIA, FBI, and NSA that found Russia worked to interfere in the election, they disagreed with its conclusions “with respect to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump.”
The committee’s findings follow special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians last month on charges of election fraud for conducting a years-long campaign of “information warfare” against the U.S. That campaign ultimately saw them “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”
Democratic Rep. Bill Keating, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee, slammed the Republican report Monday. “Partisanship has trumped patriotism,” he wrote on Twitter of its findings. “It's outrageous that my Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee stand completely at odds with our nation's top intelligence agencies who concluded Russia attacked our election system to help Donald Trump.”