Intelligence Committee: No Evidence Trump Campaign Colluded, Coordinated or Conspired With Russia

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 27, 2018 | 4:41pm EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Summit in July 2017. (Screen Capture)

( - The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published a redacted version of its final report on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, concluding that there is no evidence the Trump campaign “colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”

In the course of its investigation, the committee says, it “interviewed 73 witnesses, conducted 9 hearings and briefings, reviewed approximately 307,900 documents, and issued 20 subpoenas.”

Among the committee’s findings:

--“When asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”

--“The committee found no evidence that President Trump’s pre-campaign business dealings formed the basis for collusion during the campaign.”

--“There is no evidence that Trump associates were involved in the theft or publication of Clinton campaign-related emails, although Trump associates had numerous ill-advised contact with Wikileaks.”

--“Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where they expected to receive—but did not ultimately obtain—derogatory information on candidate Clinton from Russian sources.”

--“The committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates—including Jeff Sessions—and official representatives of the Russian government—including Ambassador Kislyak—reflected collusion, coordination, or conspiracy with the Russian government.”

The committee said it investigated “Trump’s business dealings,” “the campaign’s policy positions and personnel,” “involvement in or knowledge about the publication of stolen emails,” and “meetings with Russians,” but did not discover evidence of “collusion, conspiracy or coordination.”

“The committee cast a wide net,” said the report, “generally asking each witnesses [sic] whether they had evidence of any ‘collusion,’ ‘coordination,’ or ‘conspiracy; between Russia and candidate Trump or any of his associates.

“The committee also investigated potential Trump campaign links with Russia, focusing on credible allegations within the scope of the agreed-upon parameters,” said the report.

“In the course of witness interviews, reviews of document productions, and investigative efforts extending well over a year, the committee did not find any evidence of collusion, conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” said the report.

“While the committee found that several of the contacts between Trump associates and Russians—or their proxies, including Wikileaks—were ill-advised, the committee did not determine that Trump or anyone associated with him assisted Russia’s active measures in the campaign.”

The committee report did conclude that Russia used cyberattacks, social media, and the RT television network to engage “in a covert influence campaign aimed at the U.S. presidential election.

Among the committee’s finding in this area:

--“Russian conducted cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016.”

--“Russia-state actors and third-party intermediaries were responsible to the dissemination of documents and communications stolen from U.S. political organizations.”

--“The Russian government used RT to advance its malign influence campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

--“Russian intelligence leveraged social media in an attempt to sow social discord and to undermine the U.S. electoral process.”


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