Russian Federation probe: House intel Republicans end investigation despite Dem protests

Russian Federation probe: House intel Republicans end investigation despite Dem protests

Russian Federation probe: House intel Republicans end investigation despite Dem protests

While Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia election meddling and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians looks like it is still has a lot more left to it, the House Intelligence Committee appears to have reached its end.

Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican who is overseeing the House probe, is expected to issue a statement announcing the end of the investigation on Monday, according to CNN.

Democrats say there are still scores of witnesses the committee should call, and argue that Republicans have failed to use subpoenas to obtain documents and require witnesses to answer questions that are central to the investigation.

It also contradicts the preliminary findings of committee Democrats like ranking member Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who told reporters last month that based on what he had seen, there was "ample evidence" of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Democrats have also warned Republicans against shutting down the panel investigation before Mueller's investigation is completed.

A spokesperson for Conaway declined to comment to the news outlet. Conaway said that he would seek Democrats' input to edit the report, andsaid he expected some of the process would be bipartisan, "with precious little pushback".

CNN reported that the partisanship likely runs so deep that the committee will release two competing reports.

The report also included more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security, US government response to cyberattacks, campaign finance transparency, and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.

When former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer questions even after being subpoenaed, Republicans would not take action to hold him in contempt of Congress, Democrats said.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican released a controversial memo that alleged misconduct at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department with regard to obtaining a FISA surveillance warrant in order to surveil the communications of a former Trump associate.

Even while he had stepped aside, Nunes upset Democrats by continuing to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses.

"There are a number of steps that I think any credible investigator would say, 'These need to be done, ' and we still hope that they will be", Schiff said following Lewandowski's interview last week.

In early January, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the House Intelligence Committee was expanding its investigation into how the FBI and Department of Justice handled its probe into interference.

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