Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the committee's work on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election as a vehicle for lawmakers to leak to reporters.
Rooney said the investigation had to end due to leaks during the investigation and an overall loss of credibility.
"We've gone completely off the rails, and now we're just basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news. ... We've lost all credibility," he said.
"We've gone completely off the rails, and now we're just basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news. ... We've lost all credibility" - Rep. Tom Rooney on the Republican decision to end the House Russia investigation https://t.co/6G7SgZbcoT pic.twitter.com/WXWt0Iaquv
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The House Intelligence Committee Republicans announced Monday they are ending the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.
"We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians," the committee said in a one-page summary of its findings released Monday afternoon.
Rooney contradicted a preliminary report from the panel Monday when he said there was evidence showing the Russians attempted to help Trump's presidential campaign during the 2016 election.
“I certainly think there is evidence of that. I don’t know that necessarily there was a full-fledged campaign to do everything that they could to help elect Donald Trump," Rooney told host CNN's Erin Burnett. “I think that their goal was chaos.”
“To say that we have seen or read evidence that says ‘We have to get Donald Trump in there,’ I don’t know that that’s true,” the Florida lawmaker said.