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Chest-Thumping by Trump As GOP Report on Russia Exonerates Him

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Chest-Thumping by Trump As GOP Report on Russia Exonerates Him

President Trump celebrated a GOP intelligence report that showed “no collusion” with Russia by issuing a rare all-caps tweet on Monday night.

The draft report from the House Intelligence Committee followed a yearlong investigation by the Republican members who did not share the details with their Democratic colleagues.

“THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,” Trump tweeted.

The GOP report also asserted that Russia didn’t side with Trump in its interference with the 2016 election — which is at odds with US intelligence agencies, report the New York Post and CNN.

According to CNN, "Donald Trump's friends on Capitol Hill have delivered. The President is now wielding a powerful new weapon in his war of credibility with America's spy agencies over their view that Russia helped put him in the White House, after House Republicans suddenly shuttered their probe into election meddling."

The report was slammed by Democrats as a partisan gift to the president. That finding squares with Trump's view that the Russia story is nothing but a hoax and a witch hunt designed by Clinton sympathizers to explain the Democratic nominee's shock election defeat in 2016.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, called the report a “tragic milestone” and a “capitulation to the executive branch” in a statement on Monday.

The public will not see the report until Democrats have reviewed it and the intelligence community has decided what information can become public. That could take weeks.

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