Mar 13, 2018, 9:03 PM ET

House Democrats vow to continue Russia probe, release report on their findings


Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday vowed to continue their inquiry into allegations of links between the Trump campaign and Russia, despite Republicans’ announcement Monday that they had found no evidence of collusion in the probe.

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Blasting Republicans’ decision to “prematurely shut down” the committee’s investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the top Democrat on the committee, insisted that there is “significant evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“What I cannot say because I do not know what [Special counsel ]Bob Mueller knows, is whether that evidence rises to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy to violate US election laws,” he said. 5

While they will lack the ability to compel testimony and production of documents and information as the minority, Democrats plan to write their own minority report dissenting from the majority’s conclusions – a rebuttal that will also include new information related to collusion.

“We will be setting out the facts that we know to date, to the degree that the intelligence community will allow us to make those public,” Schiff said. “There are individuals who want to cooperate with our committee and share information, and will continue to do so.”

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the Republican leading the investigation, summarized Republicans’ conclusions to reporters Monday, and said Republicans had completed a draft report to share with Democrats. In addition to no evidence of collusion, Conaway said Republicans also disputed the assertion from the intelligence community that Russia favored Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Brian Hale, a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in a statement on Monday that the intelligence community stands by the January assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered” a campaign to influence and U.S. presidential election.

"The Intelligence Community stands by its January 2017 assessment, 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.' We will review the HPSCI report findings,” he said.

Conaway attempted to clarify his position in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “The issue we have is with the analytic tradecraft used. There are standards that CIA analysts, and other intelligence analysts, hold themselves to. 98 percent of the tradecraft was just fine, but we believe that on this one narrow piece of the ICA, the standards were not upheld.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, a retiring member of the committee, appeared to break with the GOP conclusion in his own statement on the investigation.

"It remains clear Russia sought to sow the seeds of discord and challenge the reliability of the 2016 election cycle. Russia is not our friend. Russia will do what it can, when it can, to undermine the foundations of our democracy," he said.

The announcement from congressional Republicans came as the Senate Intelligence Committee continues its own bipartisan Russian investigation, and follows special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russians for efforts to disrupt and election and boost the Trump campaign.

The president seized on Republicans’ plans to wrap up the House probe Monday, tweeting that they had “FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 ELECTION.”

Schiff said Tuesday that the GOP draft report is “not a serious work” and accused Republicans of cherry-picking intelligence to suit their conclusions.

“It misleadingly characterizes events and paints a portrait and tells a story that couldn’t have been better written than if it was written in the White House,” Schiff said.

Democrats released a 21-page status report on the investigation Tuesday night that described “outstanding lines of inquiry” and listed more than 30 witnesses Democrats still want to interview, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House adviser Stephen Miller, among other Trump officials and associates.

Schiff said money laundering remains a “key issue” the committee has not investigated. Democrats say Republicans have refused their calls to subpoena Deutsche Bank for financial records pertaining to Trump.

“If evidence of money laundering is leverage the Russians have with the president of the United States, we need to know,” he said.

Democrats hope to include transcripts of all the committee’s witness interviews with the release of their report. They did not lay out a timetable for the release of their findings Tuesday, and also suggested that the investigation could continue into the next Congress if Democrats retake the House.

“If the majority in the Congress changes hands, we’ll have to evaluate where the investigation is at that point, what has the Senate been allowed to do, what has the special counsel been allowed to do, and determine if there is work that is still undone,” Schiff said.

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  • 2ndOrion

    Are Democrats Ever going to get Done so we Know? They are so slow.

  • anton mark

    Schiff wants to keep dreaming of collusion allusion.


    ADAM SCHIFF ia a peice of CRAP....All you dumb asses that keep listening to this dirt bag are as stupid as he is...

  • Top shelf

    When Trump is shackled, and wearing leg irons and an orange jumpsuit on his way to his prison cell, is he still going to use CAPITAL LETTERS? Because he's so much more convincing when he does that. <sarc>

  • mickey2829

    the only way Schiff is going to drop his witch hunt is for him personally go to Russia with arrest warrants for these hackers and bring them back to the U.S.A.

  • PhatDevil

    I fully respect what Schiff is doing and/or trying to do, but I think he should just let Mueller take care of it all.

  • Gargos

    The house investigation was a joke from the start, when Nunez secretly went above everybody else to share data with the Trump administration. Replace the word Republican with Democrat in this article, Trump with Hillary and Russia with emails and the conservatives would be having KITTENS if the Democrats did something so transparently corrupt.

  • Dick Enya

    Hopefully Democrats win in 2018 and Trump is removed from office. Pence, although his hands can't possibly be clean, will unfortunately take over. Of course, maybe the Russians already have a plan to remove Trump before this could happen. They already have access to the WH and could just make it look like a stroke during donnie's 3am Tweet.Maybe they just use their sleeper cell Melania.

  • SpeakerNanny

    We know that if wee keep looking we are eventually going to find something. Even if we have to buy it from the Clinton campaign.

  • thinkmore

    The House GOP has been doing their best to avoid finding anything. They couldn't wait to "exonerate" Trump.

  • anastasiabeaverhousen


    Meanwhile, the real investigation continues.

  • SpeakingForThoseWithBrains

    Gee....I wonder why the Republicans decided they want to shut it down? Could it be Donald is Republican? hmmmmmmm

  • jw619

    The russian dossier is true if you study it it is plain to see the russians do have the big time blackmail on Trump Republicans have swept the dirt under the rug because they can and our national security is comprimised.. We need more balance in the govt

  • Jen Bordon

    America is tired of Republican corruption and lies.
    Vote all Republicans OUT OF OFFICE!

  • Misty Mac 💯

    Manafort has a lifetime of reasons to cooperate with Mueller. Republicans reached a predictable, but very premature, conclusion.

    It ain’t over til the fat POTUS sings!

  • WiredWilly

    Certainly the democrats want to continue looking for something, please lord help us find anything so we don't look like complete idiots after millions of dollars spent and a year and all we have to show for it is a few Russians spending some Ad dollars and a couple of other people caught up in some money hiding scheme that has nothing to do with COLLUSION. Looking like complete idiots, they have already completed that task. The only collusion with Russia was Hillary, the DNC and Obama's DOJ and FBI

  • gusul87

    I beg to differ with Rep Schiff;s statement: “What I cannot say because I do not know what [Special counsel ]Bob Mueller knows, is whether that evidence rises to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy to violate US election laws,” .. . An impeachment is not a criminal trial. Impeachment does not deprive the individual being impeached of life, liberty or property as would a criminal conviction. Impeachment removes an individual from office and affects hos or her ability to hold office in the future. The standard of proof that is applicable is that applied to civil [proceedings: Preponderance of the evidence". Subsequent criminal trials of the acts deemed to be "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." may occur after removal by impeachment, to which the higher standards of "beyond a reasonable doubt"standard would be appropriate. The unanswered question is: does the “significant evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia rise to a "preponderance of the evidence".

  • Fermer Votre Bouche

    No one actually expected a GOP controlled (especially one with Conaway) committee to come up with a honest evaluation.

  • C. Gray


  • CaptnBlynd

    So publish the evidence. You either have credible evidence or you do not. A lack of evidence is reason to stop investigating people.
    "But if we keep digging..." Hoping to find something is not legal grounds.

  • Alex Ross

    As Putin smiles and sends Trump instructions. SAD.

  • Lee Thompson

    Good for the Dems. The Repubs went through the motions, not requiring questions be answered. High profile persons weren't questioned at all. No cooperative effort by Repubs at all. We need to know what happened to defend future elections from interference. Shame on the Repubs for not conducting an investigation of integrity.

  • Jackie Johnson

    The idea that our country has yet to do anything about Russia (and Israel) messing with our elections is just horrible. We have laws forbidding what we know is happening yet they are not being enforced. When foreign countries can shape who we elect, we're really in trouble.