From the GOP with love -- Trump gets gift from Russian Federation panel

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Texas Rep. Mike Conaway led the investigation.

"Reading what we were basing this on and when we release that report, we will show the Central Intelligence Agency just got it wrong just like they did in the Gulf War where they said there were weapons of mass destruction that we did not find", the GOP congressman declared.

The committee interviewed its final witness in the probe, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, last week.

A draft report on its findings, which drew swift condemnation from Democrats, said Moscow sought chaos, not to boost one candidate over another.

On Monday, March 12, the House Intelligence Committee released a statement that it has officially closed the investigation into the allegation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"After more than a year investigating Russia's actions in the 2016 election, we are well into the primary season for the 2018 elections and experts are warning that we need to safe guard against further interference", said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan. It proved unwilling to subpoena documents like phone records, text messages, bank records and other key records so that we might determine the truth about the most significant attack on our democratic institutions in history.

In his statement Monday, Schiff said that the intelligence community assessment is a "fundamental aspect" of the panel's probe that both Republicans and Democrats "should have been able to issue a common report" on.

"At the outset of the Russian Federation probe, both parties committed to a thorough investigation that would follow the facts wherever they lead", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat and a former federal prosecutor, said in a recent statement.

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SHAPIRO: I'm also curious how this plays into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

House Republicans have barely even pretended to investigate Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, and now even the bare pretense is coming to an end. And, you know, speaking to members of that committee, it doesn't look like that one is going to wrap up anytime soon.

Rooney also warned that the government needs to act to prevent foreign interference in the upcoming midterm elections.

The Republican announcement shifts attention to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been conducting its own investigation.

"While the majority members of our committee have indicated for some time that they have been under great pressure to end the investigation, it is nonetheless another tragic milestone for this Congress, and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch".

"Breaking news: Republicans covering up for Donald Trump and being corrupt af!" a Twitter user wrote.

However, he also justified ending the committee's investigation. Hale was referring to the conclusion of the FBI, CIA and NSA made public in a January 2017 report.

Nunes temporarily stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation last April when the House Ethics Committee announced that it was investigating whether Nunes violated any laws or congressional rules by disclosing classified information. Republicans and Democrats on the panel are unlikely to come to a bipartisan. That could take weeks.

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