The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released its final report on the 2016 presidential election, which found "no evidence" of ties between President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE's campaign and Russia.
The report, written by Republicans on the committee, did criticize "poor judgment and ill-considered actions" by Trump's campaign — as well as the campaign run by Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE.
“While the Committee found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government, the investigation did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns,” it said.
The committee had already revealed last month in a one-page summary of the report’s findings that it had found no evidence of collusion.
The report said Russia did carry out a “multi-faceted” active measures campaign against the U.S. in an effort to “sow fear and division in American society.”
The committee voted along party lines in March to release its controversial, Republican-authored report, wrapping up a yearlong investigation that was filled with contentious panel infighting.
Democrats were outraged by the unilateral GOP decision to end of the investigation last month, calling the move premature and an attempt to shield the White House from scrutiny.
The report notes two cases where the Trump campaign made poor judgment. One was the the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE and other top Trump campaign aides met with a Russian lawyer after being promised dirt on Clinton’s campaign.
The other noted incident is the Trump campaign's “periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks — a hostile foreign organization — to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with U.S. national security interests.”
The report says the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) used poor judgment when they hired the opposition firm Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump. The memo assembled from that research, now known as the controversial “Steele dossier," has become a flashpoint for Republicans.
The dossier, compiled in part by former British spy Christopher Steele, made a series of salacious allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia.
“Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!” Trump tweeted.
"Today, [the House Intelligence Committee] is able to release a declassified version of our report on the Russia Investigation. With the public release of this report, the American people will have the opportunity to access the information used to draw the conclusions found in last month's findings and recommendations,” Conaway said in a statement.
"However, I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the [intelligence community]. Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified,” he added.
Conaway said he would challenge the redactions going forward in the hope of releasing more information.
"When we started this investigation, we set out to give the American people the answers to the questions they've been asking and we promised to be as transparent as possible in our final report," he said.
"I don't believe the information we're releasing today meets that standard, which is why my team and I will continue to challenge the [intelligence community's] many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months."
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the conclusions of the GOP report as “superficial.”
“To determine whether this evidence of collusion reaches the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of criminal conspiracy, we must await the report of Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, since the Majority refused to interview the witnesses and obtain the documents necessary to find out,” he said in a statement.
“Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses.”
Schiff, challenging the Republican findings, said their investigation did find “evidence of collusion.”
“In fact, we found evidence of collusion in the abundant secret meetings and communications between Trump campaign officials and associates such as Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE, Rick Gates, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and others, with emissaries and officials from, or linked to the Russian government,” he said.
“The Trump campaign and Administration’s efforts to deny, conceal and, when discovered, misrepresent what took place in these interactions with the Russians is powerful evidence of a consciousness of wrongdoing.”