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House GOP Releases Final Report Clearing Trump Campaign Of Russia Collusion

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House Democrats maintain that Republicans failed to conduct a proper investigation and cannot support their conclusion.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced Friday that their investigation into Russian collusion is concluded and their final report finds no evidence of impropriety by the Trump campaign.

According to the Associated Press, the findings continue to be hotly contested by committee Democrats who believe Republicans failed to conduct a thorough investigation, particularly in failing to interview relevant witnesses and in lacking sufficient evidence to support their conclusion.

The investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling. Republicans had already announced the main findings last month. An investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is ongoing, as are probes led by the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees.

The House panel did find that Russia sought to sow discord in the U.S. through cyberattacks and social media. Some portions of the public report are redacted for national security reasons. Republicans say they will pressure intelligence agencies to be able to release more information.

President Donald Trump has long railed against the investigations, often decrying the probes as a “witch hunt”.

Trump responded to the report’s release Friday morning in the same manner via Twitter, saying the “total Witch Hunt … MUST END NOW!”:

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