Intel Dem: 'Putin thanks his lucky stars' for Trump's attacks on FBI

Intel Dem: 'Putin thanks his lucky stars' for Trump's attacks on FBI
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesTwitter users invoke Merrick Garland after McConnell, Graham comments on impeachment trial Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Conn.) on Saturday decried what he called the "damage" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE has done to the FBI and CIA, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be grateful for Trump's actions.

"As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I assure you, it has not concluded that there was no collusion," Himes tweeted.

"Not even close. We do see daily the damage you are doing to FBI and CIA. Putin thanks his lucky stars."

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Himes also asserted that the Intelligence panel has not yet determined whether members of Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to help sway the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans on the panel have been put on the defensive about their announcement this week concluding the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 race. 

GOP lawmakers declared that there was no coordination between Trump's campaign and Moscow, an assertion Democrats have challenged. Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Trump defenders argue president can't be removed for abuse of power MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, has pledged to continue probing Russia's election meddling.

Himes's comments Saturday also followed on the heels of the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was just two days away from retirement. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report MORE, who fired McCabe on Friday night, has said that he ousted McCabe for misleading investigators and making unauthorized disclosures to the press — charges McCabe has denied.

McCabe has long been on the receiving end of criticism from congressional Republicans and Trump. The president touted his firing early Saturday, calling it a "great day for Democracy."