Trump campaign claims win as report denies Russian collusion

President Donald Trump

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the findings of the Russian Federation investigation Friday, which showed that FBI agents "did not detect any deception during [Former National Security Advisor Michael] Flynn's interview".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) (left) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) head for a House Republican conference meeting on February 6 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. On Friday, the Committee released its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Mr. President, to conclude there is "no evidence" of collusion, you must ignore Russia's extensive efforts to help your campaign, the litany of communications between Russian Federation & your campaign, & the massive effort to hide these contacts", Schiff tweeted, adding a link to the Democrat's response to the majority's report.

In a Friday night tweet, Trump repeated his "witch hunt" claim and wrote, "There should never have been a Special Counsel appointed".

"While the Committee found that several of the contacts between Trump associates and Russians ― or their proxies, including Wikileaks ― were ill-advised, the Committee did not determine that Trump or anyone associated with him assisted Russia's active measures campaign", the report says.

Those claims provided the bulk of material assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele at the behest of the Washington-based opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Trump has long called the issue a "witch hunt" and insists there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

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The report's conclusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats.

"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.

Mr Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the president's eldest son.

"I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC".

"Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", he said in a statement. Nunes' vitriol has been directed at a myriad of individuals, sources, and outlets reporting his appearance in the evidence collected from the FISA warrant issued for the surveillance of a former campaign policy advisor to the Trump Campaign, Carter Page.

However, the Committee did acknowledge that "i$3 n 2015, Russian Federation began engaging in a covert influence campaign aimed at the US presidential election". The summary also said that the committee agreed with a number of the intelligence community's prior judgments on the matter, "except with respect to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump". The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.

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