House Intelligence Committee Finds 'No Evidence' of Collusion Between Trump Team and Russia

| MAR 13, 2018 | 12:09 AM

UPDATE [3/12/18, 8:54 p.m. ET]:

President Donald Trump tweeted about the committee Republicans' claim:

Original Story:

On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Republicans said that while they thought Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 election, they found no evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

“We found no evidence of collusion. We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings,” Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) said on Monday.

According to the New York Times, Conaway, who is leading the committee's investigation, said Republicans didn't agree with the narrative arguing that Russia was trying to help Trump win.

Republicans drafted a 150-page report containing recommendations related to, among other things, cybersecurity and elections. They will give Democrats that report on Tuesday and allow them to review and comment on it.

Conaway's announcement came as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation started producing more indictments and after House Intelligence Committee interviewed multiple Trump associates in 2018.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) described the committee's Monday announcement as “a stunning betrayal of the American people and the public trust”:

The House's decision to end the investigation left only one committee to continue it in Congress.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) released a statement detailing the report's contents and corroborating the claim that Russia tried to influence the election:

But while Mueller might be pursuing more leads in the investigation, the House Intelligence Committee reportedly finished interviewing people as part of its investigation.

Since Trump's election, outsiders wondered about Trump's associates' activities and whether they involved collusion.

Donald Trump Jr., for example, held a meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney who sought to give him allegedly compromising information on his father's opponent, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

And one of Mueller's 2018 indictments claimed that Trump associates unwittingly communicated with Russian actors.

Watch Conaway's interview above, via Fox News.