WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement after Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence abruptly ended their investigation into Russia’s attacks on the US during the 2016 campaign:
“This is a great day for Russia, whose embassy praised the decision to end the investigation, and a sad day for America. House Intelligence Committee Republicans have destroyed the credibility of this once prestigious Committee by releasing partisan conclusions without fully investigating, and in doing so, have undermined the integrity of the House of Representatives. They have failed to follow the facts, refused to interview key witnesses, and denied the American people the fair and thorough investigation we deserve and require as a matter of national security.
“Speaker Ryan has let Devin Nunes and his committee cover up for a deceitful White House and attack our law enforcement and national security agencies. Instead of following the facts, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have sought to shield the president from the investigation at every turn, refusing to compel critical documents and answers from reluctant witnesses. The Committee’s conclusions directly contradict the findings of our intelligence community that Russia interfered in our elections to help elect Donald Trump, findings that the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Director of National Intelligence support.
“Concluding this incomplete investigation now confirms what I have long suspected: Republicans on the Committee ran a sham investigation to shield President Trump from the investigation at all costs and brazenly disregarded the national security interests of our great country.”
In a series of tweets last night, the Russian Embassy in Washington praised Congressman Conaway’s decision to end the investigation, saying he “brilliantly concluded: ‘only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there’…”