This week, as the embarrassing Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee tried to help Trump darken the Russia investigation, Trump unexpectedly thrust the investigation into the congressional spotlight by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and teeing up Senate confirmations that promise intensified focus on Russia.
The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee announced that it is wrapping up its report on its sham investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, the majority concluded that there was no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.), who led the investigation whenever Chair Devin Nunes felt obliged to honor his recusal, conceded that there had been some ill-considered meetings and other actions, but dismissed the notion that they amounted to collusion. He also announced that the Republicans did not accept that the Russians’ interference was designed to help Trump. That finding is at odds with the conclusions of the intelligence agencies. It also conflicts with Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations. Mueller alleged that the Russian troll operation began as an effort to disrupt, but morphed into efforts to favor Trump, disparage Clinton, and suppress turnout among likely Clinton voters.