"That's what this next phase is about and we hope Democrats will join us in seeing this through". "And each time this new information becomes public, Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance".
Representative Adam Schiff, the top committee Democrat, strongly disagreed, and blasted the announcement as a premature shutdown.
The report signaled a move by Republicans on the deeply divided panel to end their year-old investigation, even as committee Democrats, who had yet to see the report, say they need to interview more witnesses.
"Some will say that we should leave the investigation to Special Counsel Mueller anyway, since he has the resources and independence to do the job".
Even if the House probe closes, the Senate Intelligence Committee is still investigating alleged collusion with Russian Federation.
Stewart and his colleagues on the committee have wrapped up the Russian Federation probe.
The committee came to their conclusion without interviewing four key men indicted by Mueller's special counsel: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, and Michael T. Flynn. It will detail Russian cyberattacks on US institutions during the election and the use of social media to sow discord. That indictment notes that the effort - which it doesn't explicitly connect to the Russian government - included attempts to boost Trump and disparage his rival, Hillary Clinton.
It reached a high point when the GOP suddenly unveiled its own memo on one small part of the Russian Federation probe to allege FBI investigator misconduct.
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I would say this is the game people are talking about most in my career". 'We've let that opportunity go away, and we've let it go away by not being good at the basics and conceding three really poor goals.
Conaway stated that those conducting the investigation, launched in January past year, spoke to 73 witnesses, many at the heart of the Republican campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, and reviewed over 300,000 documents. The saga continues. CNN and liberal Democrats have kept and will keep insinuating that some complex plot was orchestrated by the Trump campaign with the Kremlin because their base wants it desperately to be true.
Nunes, a close supporter of the president, sought with some success to turn it into an investigation of the previous administration of Barack Obama, whom he and Trump accused of illegally spying on the Republican's campaign.
It also appears that Conaway ended the investigation without ever convening a meeting with Schiff and Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who head up the Senate panel looking into Russian interference.
"Why would you end the investigation now?" We've looked at some 300,000 documents, 73 interviews that we've done across the course of this thing, trying to answer the four questions that were originally set out for the committee to answer.
Its deliberations have been marred for months by partisan wrangling, including the release of rival Republican and Democratic memos related to the probe. That could take weeks.
The decision makes the House panel the first of three congressional panels to wrap up its examination of possible ties between Trump's campaign and transition team, and the Russians who interfered in the campaign.
The committee stunned Washington most by taking direct aim at the assessment by United States spy chiefs that President Vladimir Putin engineered the Russian election meddling operation specifically to hurt Hillary Clinton and benefit Trump.