Trump campaign used 'poor judgment' in dealing with the Russians, House Intel report says
WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee released a final report on its Russia investigation Friday that criticized Donald Trump's presidential campaign for "poor judgment and ill-conceived actions" in dealing with the Russians but concluded that there is no evidence it colluded with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election. The Republican majority announced its "no collusion" finding last month. It released the actual 243-page report detailing its conclusions Friday. The report cites as "poor judgment" the meeting in June 2016 at the Trump Tower in New York between members of the campaign — including Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law; and campaign chairman Paul Manafort — and a Russian attorney "who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign." "The Committee also found the Trump campaign's periodic praise for and communications with WikiLeaks — a hostile foreign organization — to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with U.S. national security interests," the report said. WikiLeaks published emails stolen by Russian hackers from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee before the election in November. The GOP committee members found that "when asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government." The report found "no evidence that President Trump's pre-campaign business dealings formed the basis for collusion during the campaign." The Republican majority criticized Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee for trying to obscure their role in paying for opposition research on Trump. That research resulted in the "Steele dossier," which contained salacious and unsubstantiated allegations that Trump met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Trump tweeted that the "witch hunt" of the Russia investigation "must end now!"