Scarborough blasts House GOP on Russia: ‘Everybody knows they’re lying’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for saying Monday that they found no evidence that Russia's election meddling effort in 2016 was aimed at electing President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE.

On Tuesday’s episode of “Morning Joe,” Scarborough criticized the members for “lying” about whether Russians who interfered in the election did so with the goal of getting Trump elected.

“Why did they lie when everybody knows they’re lying?” Scarborough said.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee closed their Russia probe Monday without consulting Democratic committee members. In an initial report on their conclusions, the Republicans also said they found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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The draft report by the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP majority asserts that Russians interfering in the election did not seek to promote Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE, contradicting the official U.S. intelligence community assessment.

“These members saw the testimony of four intelligence officers appointed by Donald Trump testify before Congress that Russia tried to interfere in the election on behalf of Donald Trump,” Scarborough said. “They know that, it’s a matter of public record.”

Scarborough added that, by ending the probe based on the findings outlined in the draft report, the panel’s GOP members “ignore” Trump’s intelligence officials and “everybody that’s testified before their own body."