aside US House Intel GOP Releases Its Final Report On Trump-Russia Investigation

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DEVIN NUNES (CENTER)

I didn’t want to write about the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s report, titled “Russian active measures,” which was written by its republican members, and then  released to the public on Friday, the 26th of April 2018. It follows a year-long investigation that was frequently marked by intense partisanship and acrimony. The republican chair of this committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California has been so flagrantly and openly biased towards covering up for the republican President Donald Trump, that it is tempting to discount it outright.

This report will go down in the US history annals as a “whitewashed” report by republicans who turned the formerly non-partisan House intelligence committee because of its members’ access to classified data, into one where extreme partisanship prevailed. The House Speaker Paul Ryan will end up being harshly judged for allowing this to occur under his watch.

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According to the republican committee members, the report was based on interviews with 73 witnesses, nine hearings and a review more than 300,000 documents. But the members who are Democrats have rejected the conclusions by detailing ample evidence suggesting the possibility of collusion while accusing fellow Republicans of short-circuiting the investigation and letting tight-lipped witnesses off the hook without subpoenas.

Of course, the republican President Donald Trump has been ecstatically enthusiastic about the contents of this report which he is using to buttress his argument that the FBI Trump-Russia probe is nothing but a “witch hunt.” The president has been claiming vindication from any allegations accusing him or anyone on his team from having colluded with Russian operatives with the intent to effect the outcome of the 2016 elections.

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The republicans on the Intel committee did allow for some wiggle room. While the report does indicate that the committee found no evidence of a campaign-Russia connection, it did emphasize that there are other ongoing investigations — such as the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s  —that might be privy to facts the committee could not obtain. In addition, the Senate Intelligence Committee is still continuing its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US elections.

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Republican House Intell Comm shut down Russia probe before doing a complete job This is a coverup and a lasting stain on the reputation of what used to be a bipartisan Committee when it was run by Republican Rogers and Democrat Ruppersberger. Politics beat a desire for the truth

But it will go down in the history books and so, this is why I’m writing about it.

The US House intel report concludes:

There has been no proof produced to demonstrate conclusively that the republican President Donald Trump’s campaign team members ever colluded with Russia. It unambiguously proclaims that the committee “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”

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At least it does point out once and for all that Russia did in fact, interfere in the 2016 US elections even though the report downplays its effectiveness.

It puts a lot of the blame for whatever happened regarding Russia’s attack on the US elections’ infrastructure in 2016 on deficiencies among the Intelligence community members, US FBI/ law enforcement and the democratic President Barack Obama’s  administration for not preventing this attack by Russia.

There is a surprising amount of reporting on the democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

See: Report on Russian Active Measures – House Permanent Select 

 

4 comments

    • Dear David Prosser,

      You’ve got the picture. That was the job of the republicans on the House intel committee and its chairman Rep Nunes which was to give the president a clean bill of health regarding the Trump-Russia investigation. This whitewashed report will now be used by right wing media to vindicate the president’s actions and to help republicans who will be up for reelection in November 2018.

      It won’t sell well but the GOP in the US Congress keep trying.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Gronda, we should not forget that Republican Senator Richard Burr, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee met with Speaker Paul Ryan in January. He said the Senate committee did not support Devin Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee’s findings and that Nunes slandered a Senator, when in fact the Senator was telling the truth. This is not the first nor only unethical and political thing Nunes did. On several occasions, I have left messages with Speaker Ryan saying the politicization of this committee warrants Congressman Nunes to be asked to resign from this committee. I left similar messages with Nunes.

    As an Independent voter, this committee cannot be politicized. It is a disservice to the American people. Setting the Trump issue aside – this report said the Russians meddled; so what do you recommend we do about it from happening again? This is Comey’s key point – they meddled, yet the President wants to talk about the impact on him not the country. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,

    I have absolutely no respect for the House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been a party to politicizing the US House Intelligence committee with his backing of the chairman Devin Nunes, no matter how outrageously he acted.

    Then how he treated the Chaplain Conroy just shows him to be lacking in character and integrity. He is a wuss.

    His backing of the 2017 GOP tax cuts bill just proves his lack of decency and integrity as he foolishly allowed for the US deficit to balloon by a minimum of $1.5 trillion dollars

    Hugs, Gronda

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