Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Senate Panel: 'Absolutely No Evidence' Trump Colluded with Russia in 2016 Election

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The Senate Intelligence Committee said in a long-awaited report released Tuesday that there was no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election, affirming the findings of other investigations into a possible Trump-Kremlin conspiracy.
The report, which clocks in at 966 pages, also offered a scathing assessment of the FBI’s handling of the Steele dossier, which was a key document in the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory.
“The FBI gave the Steele Dossier unjustified credence, based on an incomplete understanding of Steele’s past reporting record,” the report says.
“The Committee found that, within the FBI, the dossier was given a veneer of credibility by lax procedures and layered misunderstandings.”
The report, crafted by both Republicans and Democrats, describes a series of roadblocks that the Senate committee faced in investigating information from Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer hired to investigate Donald Trump on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
The report says that Steele “repeatedly refused” to meet with the panel, though he ultimately submitted written responses in August 2018.
The special counsel’s office also refused to provide information about its investigation into the dossier, the report says.
The FBI relied heavily on information from Steele to obtain warrants to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide who is accused in the dossier of masterminding a conspiracy between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
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