The Wall Street Journal: Democrats on House panel plan their own report on Russia probe findings

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that they are drafting their own report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, ending any chance of reaching a bipartisan conclusion with Republicans on the panel.

Democrats released a memo on Tuesday evening arguing that the Republican-led investigation is being prematurely shut down with many questions remaining unanswered. The document identifies nearly 30 additional witnesses that Democrats say should be called, 20 organizations that should be asked to turn over documents as well a number of areas of inquiry they say haven’t been adequately addressed.

Republicans on the panel announced Monday they had finished interviewing witnesses, had produced a draft of their conclusions and are moving to wind down the probe. Since the beginning of the investigation, leaders in both parties have said they wanted to produce a bipartisan report — something that became increasingly unlikely as relations on the panel deteriorated. 

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the panel, said he had reviewed a draft of the GOP report and called it “terribly inadequate.” The Republicans’ 150-page draft report concludes that they had found no evidence that Moscow colluded with Donald Trump’s campaign or that the Kremlin favored Trump in the 2016 race. “It cherry-picks some intelligence facts and ignores a whole host of others,” Schiff told reporters Tuesday. “It misleadingly characterizes events and paints a portrait and tells a story that could not have been better written than if it was written in the White House itself.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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