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GOP-Led House Panel Clears Trump, His Aides in Russia Probe

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The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has finally released its long-awaited full 253-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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The committee has exonerated President Donald Trump from doing any harm or undermining democratic legitimacy in the U.S.

The report  revealed that Russia attacked America and reconfirms many aspects of those active measures, which included overtures by human intelligence operatives to Americans, including Trump aides; cyberattacks on state election systems; and the theft and release of Americans’ emails as part of a scheme to embarrass them.

Entire pages of the report are blacked out, but committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he hopes a less redacted version might become available later.

“Given the substantial public interest at stake, the committee is publishing the redacted version we’ve received,” he said. “However, we object to the excessive and unjustified number of redactions, many of which do not relate to classified information. The committee will convey our objections to the appropriate agencies and looks forward to publishing a less redacted version in the near future.”

Republicans’ report faults President Barack Obama’s administration for what it calls a sluggish and disorganized response to the attack on the 2016 campaign. The FBI’s conduct in dealing with victims of the Russian hacking, for example, is described as “largely inadequate.” Most people who were hacked never got any notice.

In terms of collusion, however, the House intelligence committee accepted the denials of people involved who said they played no role in the Russian attack. The House committee says it found no additional evidence of collusion.

“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.

 

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