The House Intel Committee has determined the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.
It’s all over – for now.
From The Hill:
The House Intelligence Committee is shutting down its contentious investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the top Republican leading the probe announced on Monday.
The committee will interview no more witnesses and Republicans are in the process of preparing their final report, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told reporters. A draft of that roughly 150-page report will be delivered to committee Democrats for review on Tuesday.
The draft document asserts that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, the most politically charged question examined by the committee.
President Trump’s response:
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
New York Daily News has more:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House committee, rapidly denounced his Republican colleagues for wrapping up the investigation, calling it a “tragic milestone for this Congress.”
“In the coming weeks and months, new information will continue to be exposed through enterprising journalism, indictments by the Special Counsel, or continued investigative work by Committee Democrats and our counterparts in the Senate,” Schiff said in a lengthy statement. “And each time this new information becomes public, Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance.”
The Democrats on the committee are expected to release a separate report with much different conclusions.
Democrats should move on.
If there was smoke, there’d be fire.
And yet, still, there’s no smoke and there’s no fire.