Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) asks questions as executives appear before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions related to Russian use of social media to influence U.S. elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2017.
"We found no evidence of collusion", Mr. Conaway said.
In recent days, several Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee had been openly calling to bring the investigation to a close, frustrated by the ceaseless tension on the panel, leaks from witness interviews and a climate of mistrust that had harmed the committee's historical ability to function in a bipartisan way.
Expect Donald Trump to regularly cite the coming full report from the committee's Republican majority as exoneration, particularly its controversial conclusion that Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election were not specifically aimed at helping Mr Trump. For instance, Trump campaign officials "shouldn't have" taken the meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016, Conaway said, noting "there's no doubt about that".
"There's opportunity for this investigation to go on forever if in fact you don't want to come to any conclusions. if you want to make hay in the run up to the election", Conaway said in a telephone interview.
It made no mention of the alleged theft and leaks by Russians of embarrassing documents and communications from the campaign of Trump rival Hillary Clinton in mid-2016, which top U.S. intelligence officials have stated as a fact. "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump".
"The report's completion will signify the closure of one chapter in the Committee's robust oversight of the threat posed by Moscow-which began well before the investigation and will continue thereafter", Conaway said.
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He also allayed fears that Nasa coalition was on the verge of collapse, stating that the alliance is an idea embraced by Kenyans. Last fall alone, Kenyan security forces killed at least 55 people in election-related violence, according to Human Rights Watch.
With the interview phase of the investigation over, the committee is expected to produce a report summarizing its findings.
They conclude that Russian Federation did interfere with our elections, and are rolling out several recommendations moving forward.
However, relations between Democrats and Republicans on the panel have deteriorated and the parties are expected to draft separate reports.
Past year the committee erupted in partisan battle after chairman Rep. Devin Nunes visited the White House without other committee members and reviewed information which alleged that Obama-era national security officials had spied on the Trump campaign.
"I don't know anyone who suggests any longer that the president is guilty of collusion". Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican heading the investigation in the wake of Nunes's quasi-recusal, admitted last week, "I don't have any clue who George Nader is". "It's time we return focus to the people's agenda".
Democrats and Republicans on the committee have interviewed the same 73 witnesses and viewed the same 300,000-plus documents, according to a tally Republicans released Monday.
"The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in '16, and we think they will do that in the future", Conway told reporters. They're also concerned that closing the investigation could isolate the parallel criminal inquiry being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Intelligence agencies will also have to review the document and clear information in it for release.