Top Intel Dem: Committee Has ‘Reached No Conclusion’ Yet On Trump, Russia

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Monday that the committee has “reached no conclusion” about whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the election.

“We have, I think, reached no conclusion, nor could we, in terms of issues of collusion, because we haven’t called in a single witness or reviewed a single document on that issue as of yet,” Schiff told reporters during a press conference.

“It’s very important, I think, that we not prejudge either the conclusions of our investigation or any conclusion that our intelligence agencies may or may not reach without doing our own independent analysis,” he added.

Earlier on Monday, however, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) insisted there was no evidence that members of Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials before the election.

“The way it sounds like to me is, is it’s been looked into and there’s no evidence of anything there,” he said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited Nunes’ comments during his daily briefing.

“I think that Russia’s involvement and activity has been investigated up and down,” he said. “Chairman Nunes spoke very clearly today when asked over and over and over again about all of this and said that he has seen nothing that leads him to believe that there’s [anything] there.”

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