The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee team has said that it would take “a Tom Clancy novel” to characterize Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election as ‘collusion’ with Donald Trump, as it completes its probe.
“We found no evidence of collusion. We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings,” Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, who led the investigation, told reporters on Monday. “But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take these series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a fiction and turn it into a page-turner, spy thriller.”
The group, which is preparing a 150-page report that will then be reviewed by the House Democrats, said that Russia took “active measures” during the presidential race, but had no specific plan to take Trump to the White House.
“The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in ’16, and we think they will do that in the future. We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump,” said Conaway.