Case Closed: House Intel Committee Announces Russia Collusion Verdict After Year Long Investigation

It has taken only one page to repute over a year of daily allegations of foreign collusions and our President.

On March 12, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Tom Rooney (F-FL) emerged from the House Intelligence Committee hearing room to tell reporters that while Russia was actively trying to meddle in the 2016 elections they did so by targeting both sides of the aisle.

The Washington Examiner writes that the committee’s investigation began five days after the Inauguration and was tasked with exploring to what extent, if any, Russian colluded with then-candidate Donald Trump in stealing the election.

Thirteen months of investigating boiled down to a single page statement, with a portion of it in bullet point format, delivered to the media.

In part, the announcement said, “We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

The committee agreed that Russia had indeed tried to sway voters, but not just Trump supporters.

Rep. Conway explained to reporters, “It was clear that he was sowing discord in our elections pitting one American against another, tried to influence it through social media and other things. But we couldn’t establish the same conclusion that the CIA did that they specifically wanted to help Trump.”

The mentioning of the CIA was tied to that agency’s assessment on the role Russia played in the election. The white paper, titled ‘Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016 and their use of social media to sow discord’, was dismissed by the Republican committee members as wrongly promoting a sole Russia-Trump collusion attempt.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, predictably complained of a biased outcome.

“There is already, in my view,” moaned Schiff, “ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you’re willing to see it. If you want to blind yourself, then you can look the other way.”

Would the ‘public domain’ mean the media? If it does, we all know how discredited that industry has become.

What do you think? Does the news vindicate Trump calling the claim a hoax?

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