During Donald Trump’s Sunday morning Twitter-meltdown, he again insisted that there was “NO COLLUSION” between his campaign and Russia but a Republican on the House Intelligence Committee just peed in the former reality show star’s corn flakes.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told Chuck Todd on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ that the House Intelligence Committee was not tasked with investigating collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The Republicans on the committee, though, issued a report last week saying it found no evidence of collusion. Welp, that could be because they were not charged with looking for evidence of collusion, so they didn’t find it. That makes his party’s report seem a tad bit partisan and selective, don’t you think?
“Our committee was not charged with answering the collusion idea,” Conaway said. “So we really weren’t focused on that direction.”
Conaway admitted that the committee did not interview former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, but said it was because he didn’t want to overlap with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“We’re trying to stay away from the Mueller investigation and not confuse that or hurt it one way or the other,” he said.
Todd asked Conaway if he regrets that the committee attempted to draw a conclusion on whether the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign, but somehow, he denied that the committee drew a conclusion at all – even though it did.
“What we said is we found no evidence of it,” he said. “That’s a different statement. We found no evidence of collusion.”
But he’s saying they found no evidence because they weren’t looking for evidence.
After Rep. Devin Nunes recused himself, Conaway led the Intel committee’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Conaway is the second Republican to contradict the report.
Immediately after the partisan committee report was issued, Trump claimed victory in an all-caps tweet.
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said last week that they found no evidence of collusion and abruptly ended the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Republicans issued a report and failed to notify Democrats on the committee of their intentions to no longer interview witnesses.
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