Republicans end House committee's Russian Federation probe, claiming 'no evidence of collusion'

Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

House Intelligence Committee Republicans said on Monday the panel had finished conducting interviews in its investigation of Russian Federation and the 2016 USA election, and found no collusion between President Donald Trump's associates and Moscow's efforts to influence the campaign.

The GOP majority on the House panel will show its 150-page draft report to Democrats on Tuesday before seeking approval from the full committee to release it to the public.

President Trump celebrated a GOP intelligence report that showed "no collusion" with Russian Federation by issuing a rare all caps tweet on Monday night.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who has called for an investigation of the FBI, wrote in a tweet after the announcement: "Case closed". He said the committee was preparing a separate, in-depth analysis of the intelligence community's assessment.

"But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever and weave that into some sort of a fiction, page-turner spy thriller", the lawmaker told the Washington Post.

"We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment", he said.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House committee, rapidly denounced his Republican colleagues for wrapping up the investigation, calling it a "tragic milestone for this Congress".

He made no immediate mention of the Democrats' objection. The Democrats suggested six individuals of interest they wanted to subpoena late last month, but those individuals were rejected by the Republicans on the committee.

Conaway did not rule out reopening the investigation if new information emerges from the Senate Russia investigation or special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The most extensive investigation is being run on behalf of the Department of Justice by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal probe is continuing. Republicans and Democrats have both described that probe as far less partisan than the House's.

Republicans "proved unwilling to subpoena documents like phone records, text messages, bank records and other key records so that we might determine the truth about the most significant attack on our democratic institutions in history", Schiff said.

Indeed, the report will go even farther and insist Russian Federation did not even want to help Trump win at all, contradicting the assessment of US intelligence.

The U.S. intelligence community disagreed with the Republican conclusion that Putin had no preference for Trump and otherwise questions the accuracy of the intelligence agencies' findings.

The report resulting from the yearlong probe will be based on more that 50 interviews and thousands of pages of documents, the Wall Street Journal reported. The congressman also brushed off criticisms from those who said that there are multiple questions that haven't been answered yet, as well as people like Paul Manafort who they haven't interviewed.

"You use subpoenas when you think you can actually get something from them, and we're not particularly confident that the subpoena process will get us any more information that we had", Conaway said Monday.

Among those Conaway listed as unlikely to answer additional questions from the panel is Trump supporter and Blackwater security group founder Erik Prince.

Mike Conaway, who leads the inquiry, said the House Intelligence Committee agreed with U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the race.

The report will also examine Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to the AP.

Vanessa Coleman