Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


House Intelligence Committee Finds There Was No Trump-Russia Collusion

March 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced yesterday that the Committee had finished its investigation into alleged Russian collusion to elect Trump, and found no evidence of collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. “After more than a year, the Committee has finished its Russia investigation and will now work on completing our report,” said Committee Chairman Nunes in a press release.

In a one-page summary of a draft report of more than 150 pages, the committee said it agreed with the intelligence community’s prior judgments, “except with respect to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump.”

The Hill reported Committee member Chris Stewart (R-UT) gave a kind of preview of the report’s findings on the intelligence agencies: “I have spent a couple days out to the CIA actually reading the raw intelligence; actually reading what we were basing this on,” Stewart told CNN.

“And when we release this report, we’re going to be able to show ... the CIA just got it wrong. The CIA is not perfect. They often—or at least from time to time—will make mistakes, as do I, as do you, as does any agency. And we’re just going to have to show people they were wrong on this. They just misinterpreted some very key intelligence and drew the wrong conclusion.”

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, held up the Republican-led committee’s findings as vindication. Last night the President tweeted: “

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” [emphasis in original].

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