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 HimesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Did Congress just settle for less than best plan to reform housing finance? Senate panel postpones election security bill markup over lack of GOP support MORE (D-Conn.) on Saturday decried what he called the "damage" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe 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 SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases 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."