Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The 150-page report shows concurrence with a Jan. 6 2017 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential elections, but with one caveat: The report claims that the meddling was not an attempt at helping President Trump defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
ODNI stated that Russian leadership favored Clinton over Trump, and that Putin ordered an “influence campaign” to harm Clinton’s electoral chances, but the committee disagreed.
“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” an overview of the report stated.
The committee announced the release of the report Monday, roughly 14 months after the panel started its investigation into Russian collusion.
The report also details how the fake/unverified Steele dossier made its way to the Clinton campaign as well as contacts between senior intelligence community officials and the media.
Furthermore, it includes findings regarding Russia’s active cyber capabilities and tactics, the U.S. government response to the attacks, Russian connections between both the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and alleged leaks of classified information.
The report will also criticize the Obama administration for their “lackluster pre-election response to Russian active measures.”
“After more than a year, the Committee has finished its Russia investigation and will now work on completing our report,” California Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican and chairman of the House panel, said in a statement.