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House Probe Ends With No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion

House Probe Ends With No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) speaks to the media after attending a meeting with House GOP members, on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Understandably with little fanfare from the left-leaning media, the House Intelligence Committee is shutting down its prolonged investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The announcement Monday was expected for the past few weeks.

The committee is through interviewing countless witnesses with little to show for it. The final report will be forthcoming from Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). The Democrats have an opportunity to review it Tuesday.

Conaway told reporters on Monday, “We found no evidence of collusion." That flies directly in the face of the initial intelligence that was provided by government sources. He added, “We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings, but only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there.”

To no one’s surprise, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, called the decision a "tragic milestone."

Meanwhile, Trump being Trump, gloated on Twitter. But the nation can rest assured that the investigation itself is far from over and has no end in sight. For more than a year the committee’s investigatory clones have created a partisan environment in Washington unlike any seen in decades.

There is no doubt that the center of any continuing probes emanates from Schiff. He wrote, "By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly."

Schiff considers the evidence clear and overwhelming, but that assessment is held by fewer people daily. Most clear-thinking individuals find it logical to assume that if there was any fire to the charges of Russian collusion, the smoke would have been seen clearly by now.

There is no doubt Democrats will attempt to make considerable changes to Conaway’s draft. But they are also aware that what once was considered a 2018 campaign issue has begun to fade from the nation’s memory either due to insufficient evidence or daily news fatigue.

The report does confirm Russian measures to promote chaos during the 2016 presidential race. But partisanship aside, this is nothing new in the history of U.S. elections. There is little doubt America’s own CIA has interfered in foreign elections.

But what grates on Democrats is the idea that the final report does not show their side as lily white; in fact, far from it. It states “how anti-Trump research made its way from Russian sources to the Clinton campaign.” That is a reference to opposition research on Trump compiled in part by former British spy Christopher Steele. He was hired by the research firm Fusion GPS.

That bit of information could be the basis for future probes into the seriousness of that situation and its gravity on national security in general. Foreign information was paid for through the Clinton for President Campaign.

The investigation was launched in January 2017 with great media notoriety. More than 300,000 documents were inspected and 73 witnesses interviewed. Thousands of man hours and millions in taxpayer monies were spent.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), initially began the investigation. After endless partisan squabbling, Nunes stepped back from leading the investigation amidst a now-closed Ethics Committee investigation into whether he revealed classified information during an impromptu press conference last spring.

Conaway took over the investigation. But the bickering continued highlighted by the release of a classified memo prepared by Nunes’s staff alleging surveillance abuses.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s own version of this endless mess drones on in their intelligence committee. However, they have managed to keep their dignity intact presenting a united front. Their first report is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

It appears that the months and months of investigation have produced nothing earth-shattering. Donald Trump is in no danger of impeachment proceedings, the liberal media and the far left still despise him and the country looks forward to midterm elections.

It comes as no secret that Trump is a polarizing figure. What many are beginning to realize is the average American has stopped watching the children fight in the sandbox known as Washington, D.C.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Understandably with little fanfare from the left-leaning media, the House Intelligence Committee is shutting down its prolonged investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:33 PM
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