House Intelligence Committee ending Russian Federation probe, says no collusion found

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"Instead of conducting an honest investigation, House Republicans chose to put partisanship over our national security and run a shameful interference campaign to give cover to Donald Trump", the Democratic National Committee said in a statement.

RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Hi there.

And he said that if new information comes to light later on that could affect the panel's conclusions, the committee will address it.

Conaway said he hopes that Democrats can work with Republicans on the draft report, and he wants to take their feedback as they shape the final report. But this is an investigation that has become very partisan.

Conclusions reached by the Republicans in their draft report represent a break with the USA intelligence community, which determined in January 2017 that part of the Kremlin's strategy was to help Trump's chances of winning.

It's widely expected Democrats will draft their own report that argues a case for collusion, as well as spells out all the avenues the committee did not investigate. Now, Special Counsel Mueller is continuing his investigation.

But he said Republicans did not find proof that it was to sway the election in favour of President Donald Trump. Mueller's investigation is still ongoing. It's a criminal investigation.

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This is something that Democrats have complained about with the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

Republicans now control both houses of Congress, but early polls show they face a hard fight to retain their majority in the House. "That wasn't an investigation", a social media user went on to add.

But parallel investigations in two Senate committees into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump camp continued apace, as did an inquiry led by the special counsel Robert Mueller. They've succeeded for the most part.

And it criticized the Obama administration for "a lackluster pre-election response to Russian active measures". The Republicans' current control of both houses of Congress is up for grabs in the November vote, and early polls show they face a hard fight in particular to retain a majority in the House. So that investigation does continue. The committee has been unable to access a slew of central figures who have either been indicted or pleaded guilty in the course of Mueller's probe. He also says the American people have a role in recognizing the manipulation.

The top Democrat on the intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, suggested that by wrapping up the probe the Republicans were protecting Trump. He also says that the Republicans have been unwilling to follow the facts.

Conaway stated that those conducting the investigation, launched in January previous year, spoke to 73 witnesses, many at the heart of the Republican campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, and reviewed over 300,000 documents.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Ryan Lucas, thank you.

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