Adam Schiff said the House Intelligence Committee's Democrats would continue aspects of the investigation

House Intelligence Committee Republicans said they had found no evidence Mr Trump or his aides plotted with Russians to win the 2016 election. "We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings".

"Yes, the Russians tried to interfere with our election process".

"We found no evidence of collusion".

Schiff said the evidence is "clear and overwhelming" that the intelligence community was right.

Instead, Republicans and Democrats on the committee spent a month locked in an extraordinary dispute over a secret Republican memorandum that accused top Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials of abusing their powers to spy on one of Trump's former campaign advisers. In a statement Monday night, the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), said the sight-unseen report was a "tragic milestone" and a "capitulation to the executive branch". He has already indicted several former top Trump aides, as he develops evidence of extensive contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation.


"We found no evidence of any collusion of anything people were actually doing other than taking a meeting they shouldn't have taken or just inadvertently being in the same building".

This is, however, in spite of conflicting findings from Democrats on the committee, who are arguing that there is still a case for collusion. "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump". "Hopefully, bipartisan effort in Senate Intel Committee will endure". "And the Republicans will have to answer why they're not interested in finding out..."

Trump's son Donald Trump Jr.

"We will now be moving into the next phase of this investigation", said Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who has led the inquiry.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, said the investigation has not been almost thorough enough. Schiff then regurgitated the Democrats' worn-out talking point of Russian collusion conspiracy, saying, "If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know".


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has come under fire for how the panel handled the Russian Federation probe.

The congressional investigations are completely separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which is likely to take much longer.

Mr Nunes, a close supporter of the president, sought with some success to turn it into an investigation of the Obama administration and the FBI, which he and Mr Trump accused of illegally spying on the Republican's campaign.

In recent weeks, the committee's internal dysfunction grew even wider as national headlines followed Democrats and Republicans issuing dueling memos over alleged Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation abuses at the nation's secret surveillance court when securing warrants to spy on Trump campaign personnel.

Democrats eventually wrote and released their own countermemo, drawn from the same underlying material, to rebut the Republican document.


"It is truly disappointing that the House Intelligence Committee is just hanging up its cleats, having not really run the race", he told CNN.

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