In a 235-page report released on Friday, the House Intelligence Committee reported it found “no evidence” of collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“While the committee found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government, the investigation did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns,” the report said.
The report specifically complained about Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, showing “poor judgment” in attending the controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya before the election.
It also found that the Democratic Party paid for opposition research “obtained from Russian sources.”
“The committee also found that the Clinton campaign and the DNC, using a series of cutouts and intermediaries to obscure their roles, paid for opposition research on Trump obtained from Russian sources, including a litany of claims by high-ranking current and former Russian government officials,” it said.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted about the news and reiterated that the Russia investigation became a “total Witch Hunt”:
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
The released report contained redactions, however, that concerned Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) who led the committee’s investigation. “I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC,” Conaway said, according to CBS News.
He said that while he was happy the American people had more information, they didn’t get enough.
“When we started this investigation, we set out to give the American people the answers to the questions they’ve been asking and we promised to be as transparent as possible in our final report,” he said. “I don’t believe the information we’re releasing today meets that standard.”
Conaway added that he would work to challenge what he called “unnecessary redactions” in order to release more information.
The release occurred after Trump blasted the Justice Department for slow-walking the report’s release. “Slow walking – what is going on? BAD!” he exclaimed in one tweet.