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 HimesRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Live coverage: Mueller testifies before Congress MORE (D-Conn.) on Saturday decried what he called the "damage" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty 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 SchiffHouse chairman subpoenas acting Trump intel chief over whistleblower complaint The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump save GOP in North Carolina special election? Giuliani tears into Democrats after House opens probe into whether he pressured Ukraine to target Biden 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 SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 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."