House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing ‘Collusion’ Reports
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has finished witness interviews in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and will soon begin writing reports about its findings.
Republicans and Democrats on the committee will produce two separate reports about the investigation, which is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with agents of the Russian government to interview in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal and CNN.
Republicans are expected to assert that collusion did not occur, according to CNN. Democrats will say that the committee has not interviewed all relevant witnesses and that more subpoenas should be issued to find out whether collusion occurred.
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Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, has said in interviews that he has seen no evidence of collusion. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, has offered less definitive statements on the issue. He has said he has seen “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion but has refused to explain what evidence he has seen.
The committee has interviewed more than four dozen witnesses so far, the last being former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican who is overseeing the House probe, is expected to issue a statement announcing the end of the investigation on Monday, according to CNN.
Two other congressional committees, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are conducting their own investigations into Russian meddling. Senate Intel, which has displayed more bipartisan cooperation, is still conducting witness interviews. (RELATED: House Intel Is Expanding Its Investigation Of The Dossier)
The three congressional investigations are operating separately from one being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
While the House panel is wrapping up the collusion portion of its investigation, Nunes appears to be expanding his investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the infamous Steele dossier. He recently sent letters to two dozen Obama administration officials asking about their familiarity with the dossier, which was used to obtain a federal warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
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