However, after months, the House Intelligence Committee officially declared the end of its Russia probe. According to the conclusion of the probe into alleged collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia, the House could find no evidence to support claims of collusion of any sort.
In other words, they have officially cleared the President in the Russia collusion probe, declaring “no collusion” as they finalize the probe. After all these months and no evidence otherwise, they’re right!
The investigation in the committee began with bipartisan support, but as time passed on, it became clear that there was a partisan purpose to the investigation.
Democrats, who failed to find any evidence of collusion whatsoever, blasted the move to end the investigation, saying that they needed more time to confirm the committee’s findings and make a definitive announcement.
They also claimed that the House failed to interview enough witnesses or to gather enough evidence to confirm the finding, or to justify closing down the investigation.
However, the committee released a 150-page summary report of what they found in the investigation, suggesting that they had ample evidence to sort through, or at least enough to produce a massive report on the claims of collusion.
According to many, democrats, who wanted to spend more time (and money) investigating without result, managed to drag the committee into partisan rancor and bickering.
It also seemed that they hoped to continue the investigation as long as possible, perhaps hoping to use it as a political talking point in the 2018 midterm election season.
At the end of it, he said that he was extremely disappointed by the “overzealous redactions” the intelligence agencies repeatedly made.
He further claimed that much of the redacted information in the report was related to individuals and information already declassified, either by the committee or by various government agencies, making the redaction of the information a waste of time and effort for the committee.
He also said that the committee hoped to be as transparent as possible when they submitted their report to the public, and that they hoped much of the information would be declassified for public consumption.
Conaway made a pledge that he would work against the intelligence committee in coming months, hoping to be able to reveal more and more of the findings of the House probe to the public in the future.
However, with the probe ending and the report released (albeit in a redacted form), that means that the House Intelligence Committee found no evidence of collusion or dishonest dealing on the part of President Trump and his campaign.
They did find evidence that the Russian government attempted to interfere in the United States election, much the same as the United States has done in the past.
Specifically, they found evidence of an active campaign by the Russian government, looking to sew discord in the country and in the election season by the use of social media advertising, posts, and cyber attacks.
But there was no evidence to suggest that this attempt had anything to do with the Trump campaign, or that it worked solely in favor of the President and his campaign.
This finding does not bode well for other investigations into allegations of collusion, nor does it bode well for the Democrat National Committee’s recently-launched lawsuit against the Trump Campaign and Russia.
With the House probe ended, there are still two other probes into persistent claims of collusion. One is in the Senate Judiciary Committee, while the other is in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Neither has yet had any sort of breakthrough in the case.
And, of course, the Robert Mueller special investigation is still ongoing, though it seems to have recently switched gears and begun to look at the alleged payment of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, rather than at claims of Russian collusion. At this point, that particular investigation seems to be more dependent on the outcome of the raid on Michael Cohen’s office than anything else.
However, it does show the President and his campaign demonstrated no evidence of collusion. It seems quite possible that this will be the result of the other probes, and perhaps even the special investigation will end without evidence of wrongdoing outside of charges unrelated to the campaign itself.