GOP-led panel clears Trump in Russia inquiry

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The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee published the final report on the committee's investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation during the election.

Two former Trump advisers claimed during the campaign they knew Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton, or had communicated with the group that hacked Democratic emails - before those things happened.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, standing with reporters. "No evidence" that the Trump Campaign "colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russian Federation".

However, the committee said it did find "poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign".

The Mueller investigation, he said, is "a witch hunt". The probe, they insisted, is not over yet.

House Democrats have pushed their own investigation, reviewing intelligence reports and sending requests to about a dozen witnesses. They specifically cited the Trump campaign for "poor judgment" in taking a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower that was described in emails to Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., as part of a Russian government effort to aide his father's presidential bid.

Meanwhile, Mueller's team and the Senate Intelligence Committee continue to investigate possible coordination between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign.

"Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate - or even see, when in plain sight - evidence of collusion", Schiff said in a statement on Friday.

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In a statement shortly following the Friday release, Schiff slammed his Republican colleagues for choosing "not to seriously investigate - or even see, when in plain sight - evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses".

House Republicans have joined President Trump for months now in trying to raise concern, if not outright alarm bells, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is inept, biased and even corrupt.

The Democrats also argued that their GOP colleagues' report minimized the effect of social media-based Russian propaganda in helping Trump's campaign efforts.

Democrats, who account for nine of the committee's 22 members, have contested the report's findings.

The report backed by panel Republicans "reflects a lack of seriousness and interest in pursuing the truth", the Democrats said.

Then, the committee criticized Trump's shows of support for Wikileaks.

Both Clinton and the Democratic National Committee were to blame for the "salacious and unverified" dossier containing allegations about Trump's activities and ties to Russian Federation. "Numerous redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", he said in a statement.

"Someone has got to do the investigation we were charged with doing", Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat-California), ranking Democrat on the committee, said on Friday.