The three Republican lawmakers who will manage the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into alleged ties between Russia and President Donald Trump have expressed doubts such a relationship exists.
According to The Huffington Post, Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Tom Rooney, R-Fla., will take over for committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., after he temporarily recused himself from the investigation Thursday.
When FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the committee about Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Conaway, recalled the Post, told Comey he was not sure he believed the intelligence community's insistence Russia tried to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the election.
Conaway also told The Dallas Morning News in January the Russian hacking claims are on par with Democrats' use of Mexican soap opera stars and other entertainers to influence latino voters in Nevada.
The Post points out Gowdy's House Select Committee on Benghazi investigated Clinton for two years as it tried to find out what happened in the 2012 attack on the U.S consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead, including a U.S. ambassador.
Rooney backed away from supporting Trump last fall after he was heard making sexually charged comments about women in a leaked audio tape. But the Florida lawmaker told a town hall audience last month he had not seen or heard anything that shows there is a Trump-Russia connection, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Nunes stepped aside from the investigation two weeks after he told the media he had seen evidence to suggest intelligence on people close to Trump was collected by U.S. authorities last fall.
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