US House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russian Federation

137 House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russia

House Intel finds 'no evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign and Russia

Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee are moving to end the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.

The finding is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats who have not yet seen the document. Republicans and Democrats on the panel are unlikely to come to a bipartisan. It will detail Russian cyberattacks on US institutions during the election and the use of social media to sow discord. Tom Rooney of Florida and Peter King of NY, began signaling in recent weeks that they were anxious to wrap things up, saying they had explored all the key evidence. Republicans would likely accuse Democrats of partisanship if the Russian Federation investigation was reopened.

"There are a number of steps that I think any credible investigator would say, 'These need to be done, ' and we still hope that they will be", Schiff said following Lewandowski's interview last week.

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In addition to subpoenas and witnesses, Democrats have long raised issues about looking into Trump's finances, something the committee had not probed.

There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. The Ethics Committee closed its investigation of Nunes in December. It will blame officials in former President Barack Obama's administration for a "lackluster" response and look at leaks from the intelligence community to the media. Those inquiries are likely to continue.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican released a controversial memo that alleged misconduct at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department with regard to obtaining a FISA surveillance warrant in order to surveil the communications of a former Trump associate. They released a rebuttal memo a few weeks later. CNN reported that the Democratic report might also point out the investigation's shortcomings. However, that idea appears to have been scrapped. The most extensive investigation is being run on behalf of the Department of Justice by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal probe is continuing.

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