Stefanik Says It's Time To End House Probe, Supports Mueller InvestigationPosted: Updated:
A draft report from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee concludes there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a Republican member of that committee.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, Stefanik didn't directly comment on whether or not she believes there was collusion, but said she continues "to be an outspoken supporter of the Mueller investigation."
Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an independent investigation of potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign.
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee continues to investigate.
Stefanik says Mueller's probe "is best equipped and our best hope to get to the apolitical truth."
The congresswoman said that based on the committee's year-long investigation, nine hearings, dozens of witness interviews, and hundreds of thousands of documents, she believes Russia was "intent to interfere in our 2016 election process."
Stefanik said it's the right time for the House committee to release its report.
"With the 2018 primary elections already underway and only several months until the mid-term elections, it's important that we give the American people the information we have obtained to this point in order to protect our nation against further Russian attempts to influence our elections," she said.
The committee, she said, will now move into a phase in which it will recommend policies based on its findings.
Republicans on the committee said they would share their findings with Democratic members, who are expected to disagree with the conclusions.
The public will not see the report until Democrats have reviewed it and the intelligence community has decided what information can become public, a process that could take weeks.
Democrats are expected to issue a separate report.
Here's Stefanik's full statement:
"For over a year our Committee has worked on this important, bipartisan investigation, conducting 73 witness interviews, holding nine hearings and briefings, and reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents. I believe that it is clear that Russians were intent to interfere in our 2016 election process. I have been concerned about the politicization and leaks throughout this Congressional investigation which is why I will continue to be an outspoken supporter of the Mueller investigation, which I believe is best equipped and our best hope to get to the apolitical truth.
"However, with the 2018 primary elections already underway and only several months until the mid-term elections, it's important that we give the American people the information we have obtained to this point in order to protect our nation against further Russian attempts to influence our elections. Protecting our election system is a top concern and one I am deeply engaged in both on HPSCI, and in my work as Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
"Our Committee work will now move into the next phase, which is to produce policy recommendations based on our findings. I will also continue to work with my colleagues on HPSCI and HASC in our oversight capacity to combat Russian threats against our nation."