FTC nominees promise focus on data breaches MORE (R-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Monday that "there is evidence" showing the Russians attempted to help Trump during the 2016 presidential election, contradicting a draft report from the panel.
Democrats have criticized Republicans on the committee for shortening the investigation, pointing to multiple contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation and saying they have seen far too few witnesses to make any judgment on collusion. He said the committee has ended its interviews after a more than yearlong investigation.
Committee Republicans say they agree with intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the election, but they don't agree that Russian Federation favored President Trump.
Schiff said evidence was "clear and overwhelming" that US intelligence agencies' assessment was correct that Russian Federation sought to boost Trump, hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sow discord.
But Conaway dismissed the idea of keeping the investigation over any longer, telling reporters that if Democrats expected him to "sit around and wait with the expectation that something might happen", his answer was "no".
Special counsel Robert Mueller is still investigating 2016 election interference, as is the Senate Intelligence Committee.
But Conaway argued against using subpoenas or contempt citations to compel more testimony from witnesses who refused to answer questions about their time in the administration, arguing that Trump might want to invoke executive privilege. If the Russians do have leverage over the President of the United States, the Majority has simply decided it would rather not know. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr has said he's separating out the election security issues for the 2018 primary season while the committee continues to investigate questions about collusion and the 2016 election.More news: Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Incredible Legs In Her Enormous Handbag Closet
While Trump hailed the Republican draft report as a breakthrough in a post on Twitter, Representative Adam Schiff, the top committee Democrat, said he strongly disagreed with the report and said the GOP's move to shut down the investigation was "premature".
File the Nunes Committee report and the Trump tweet under "LOL".
It will also doubtlessly please President Trump, who frequently claims the investigations into his campaign are based on a "hoax" cooked up by vengeful Democrats.
Democrats weren't impressed, referring to the #GOP findings as a smokescreen. Democrats have not yet seen the report.
"Why would you end the investigation now?" A declassified version of the report will be released to the general public. Now, Special Counsel Mueller is continuing his investigation. "We've talked to everybody we think we need to talk to", Conaway said in an interview on Fox News Channel.
Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.