House Intelligence Committee Republicans cleared President Trump's campaign on Monday of colluding with the Russians who attacked the 2016 U.S. election, concluding a probe that minority Democrats had long argued was focused on appeasing the White House.
The intelligence committee's findings do not end the Russia imbroglio — the Senate intelligence committee and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are continuing their work — but they provide a political shot in the arm for Trump.
The president and his advisers have denied from the first they had any role in what intelligence officers call the "active measures" that Russia has been waging against the United States for years. The Republicans' initial report on Monday affirmed those active measures have been taking place, but said there was no evidence Trump played any role in them and, in a departure with the U.S. intelligence community, Republicans disputed that they were intended to help Trump win.
Republicans also highlighted what they call the real problems within the Russia matter, including what they say were the abuse of surveillance powers by national security officials and what they called "problematic contacts between senior intelligence community officials and the media."
The committee chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, was set to send the majority's draft of the report to Democrats on Tuesday for their review.