(National Sentinel) No There, There: The House Intelligence Committee has released its long-awaited report officially clearing President Donald J. Trump and his campaign associates of any “collusion” with Russia during the 2016 election cycle.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the report does conclude that Moscow did wage a campaign to try to undermine the U.S. democratic process but that did not involve suborning the Trump campaign in the effort.
Democrats on the committee discounted the report’s conclusions, calling the panel’s investigation unserious. They continue to claim that Russia attempted to influence the president’s campaign and that Trump’s campaign staff were open for contact.
There has been no evidence presented by anyone investigating the collusion allegations — including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — to prove them.
The WSJ reported further:
The panel’s main conclusion was that Russia didn’t aim to boost Mr. Trump’s chances of winning the election in particular, but instead sought to subvert the notion of free and fair elections and spread “chaos and discord” in the U.S. It concludes the campaigns of Mr. Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, both displayed “poor judgment” in their engagement with Russian actors.
The report is also highly critical of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for their response to the Russian activity in 2016 and beyond. The GOP-led report blames the Obama administration for a “slow and inconsistent” response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. It also said that a major pillar of the intelligence agencies’ conclusions in January 2017 about Russian intentions “did not employ proper analytic tradecraft.”
It criticizes the intelligence agencies for their failure to warn the Trump campaign about several staffers under investigation as possible counterintelligence threats.
“This lack of notification meant that the campaign was unable to address the problems with each campaign member and was ignorant about the potential national security concerns,” the report concludes.
The committee’s report was based on interviews with 73 witnesses and more than 300,000 documents over more than a year.