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Intel Chair Nunes: No Collusion, But Russia, Putin Are 'Dangerous'

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:26 AM

The House Intelligence Committee interviewed several dozens of witnesses, but in the end simply was not able to find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian, Chairman Devin Nunes insisted Tuesday.

However, the California Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that Russia "is bad" and its leader, President Vladimir Putin, is dangerous.

"We think the Putin regime is very dangerous for a whole host of reasons," said Nunes. "One of the findings in our report, I feel personally, we really should look at using paper ballots. I think idea of using electronic ballots with no paper trail is a bad idea with today's technology."

As far as his committee is concerned, Nunes said that "we spent 14 months on this investigation, looking for collusion. We didn't find any."

Nunes said his committee interviewed many dozens of witnesses, including nearly everyone involved in Trump's campaign, and they all "testified under oath that they had no contact with the Russians."

There was the one meeting with Russians at Trump Tower, he said, but "that had to do with Russian adoptions. On the other hand, we did find clear links between the Russians and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which nobody seems to care about."

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Monday that the decision to close down the investigation did not come as a surprise, and that it was clear since last March, "when our chairman went on that midnight run to the White House, that their real objective was protecting the president. It wasn't doing a credible investigation."

"Yeah, well, look they try to rewrite history," Nunes said of Schiff's complaints. "Let's go back to why did I go to the White House a year ago? The reason I went to the White House because there were improper unmaskings done on trump transition officials that had nothing to do with Russia.

"I felt like the administration should know about that because I have a constitutional duty to make sure that people that are being abused the intelligence agencies know about it."

Further, even though there was no collusion found, Nunes said his committee has been investigating Russian influence for some time, but as far as collusion, "if we find something new we'll open it back up."

But when asked if he thinks Trump should feel vindicated by the decision to shut down the investigation, Nunes responded that it's not up to him to give the program "analysis about how the president feels or doesn't feel."

"I think he has been under attack for a very long time saying he colluded with Russians," said Nunes.

"He had been adamant he didn't collude with Russians. We looked at it. We looked at it thoroughly and interviewed nearly everybody involved in the campaign and we didn't find any collusion with Russians"

Meanwhile, Trump's position during the campaign was no different than what former President Barack Obama's was, Nunes said.

"The Obama administration had sent people to Moscow to start to work with the Russians before the campaign," Nunes said.

"The George W. Bush Department of Justice didn't look into the Logan Act to try to prosecute the folks that went to Russia on behalf of the Obama campaign. The more that you look at this, the more it is pretty obvious that you have one side that plays by one set of rules and Republicans are held to a different set of standards."

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