GOP: ‘We’re going to go after’ House Democrats who are in bed with President Trump
Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee are set to release a report on Wednesday that will be critical of the Trump administration and Democratic members of Congress who have embraced the president.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is expected to unveil the report as early as next week.
Nunes will outline the committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, which led to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump has blamed for the White House’s actions.
The House Intelligence report, the first major intelligence-related document released since Trump’s inauguration, will examine the extent of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and whether any actions taken by the Trump White House during the campaign were influenced by Russian interests.
House Republicans have been under pressure to share the report before Trump leaves office.
They have been pressing Nunes to release it, but he has resisted, and has only publicly announced it a handful of times.
“We are in this to protect the American people,” Nunes said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday.
“The American people have a right to know what the truth is about Russia’s activities in our elections and their ties to the Trump team.
That’s why we’re doing this.”
Nunes has been under fire from Democrats and others who say he has been stonewalling their requests for the report.
But Nunes told MSNBC he is still eager to release the report because “there’s still a lot of work to do.”
The report, titled “Russian Election Influence: The Russian Agenda,” is expected not only to assess the extent and nature of Russian interference in our election but also to identify the individuals and entities that may have participated in those efforts.
The report is expected be released on Wednesday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The committee has received briefings from both the intelligence community and the White a group of intelligence officials that will produce the report, according a source familiar with Nunes’ plans.
But the panel has not yet had an opportunity to review the report and is still negotiating with the White about how it should be released, the source said.
Nights after the election, Nunes said he believes Trump himself “has some kind of relationship with Russia.”
The president is said to have privately discussed how to influence the election with Russian officials, and that Trump has been in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according the sources.
“The report has not been written yet,” Nunes told reporters at a briefing Tuesday, adding, “We’re still negotiating.”
“The investigation has not gone through the vetting process,” he said, before adding, in a reference to the panel’s request for a briefing.
The White House has refused to comment on the report or its contents.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the report “will help explain why the Trump-Russia narrative is so far-fetched,” and noted that it would be released “after the end of the month.”
Pelosi, who has repeatedly called for an investigation into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump associates, also said Democrats would take “every step to make sure we get the full truth from the intelligence committee.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Cantor said in a statement on Wednesday she hoped the report would “help inform our debate on Russia’s actions in our country’s electoral process.”
Cantor said, “If the administration wants to continue to deny the truth, then we will take every step to find out who did this, why, and how it happened.”
Numerous reports have since surfaced that the Trump transition team had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential transition.
The president has denied the contacts.
Nancy Pelosi also took aim at Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was arrested on Saturday, accused him of lying to the FBI, and was charged with money laundering.
Manafort was the former chairman of the campaign and an adviser to the campaign.
Manafort and other Trump associates were also indicted in connection with their efforts to lobby the U.S. for the Ukrainian government.
Manafort has denied any wrongdoing.
In his MSNBC interview, Nunes also said that he believes “there was an intentional effort by the intelligence agencies to keep information from Congress” in order to “get away with what they did.”
Nursen told MSNBC that he will seek to determine whether the intelligence reports should be classified.
“That’s something I want to find.
And I want the investigation to go through a proper process.
That should be done,” he told MSNBC.
Nominations for the House intelligence committee have been set for next month, and the full report could be released in January, 2019.