The report is out and the Trump campaign is vindicated.
The House Intelligence Committee released a new report on Friday stating that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. But both the Trump campaign and the Clinton campaign were faulted with “poor judgement.”
Here are the key findings:
When asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
There is no evidence that Trump associates were involved in the theft or publication of Clinton campaign-related emails, although Trump associates had numerous ill-advised contacts with Wikileaks.
Found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.
Found poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign.
The report was 253 pages long and the intelligence community released it highly redacted. It shows the Russians tried to influence the election through propaganda campaigns, just like they have done in Europe.
The report stated this about Russian interference:
“The Kremlin exploits free or Independent media spaces and open democracies to conduct active measures in Europe,” the report states. “Russia conducts increasingly aggressive cyber operations against European governments; a tactic that will continue to present a profound threat.”
Also in the report is evidence that in January 2017, Obama intelligence officials used the controversial Russian dossier as a way to attack president Trump in the press. The dossier was paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign in 2016 and compiled by Christopher Steele, a British spy.
“Former DNI James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, acknowledged discussing the dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic,” the report states.
President Trump tweeted this about the recent report:
Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.” Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018
Is this a surprise to you, or exactly what you thought had happened?