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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.