They trained their fire sharper against Democrats and other alleged opponents of Mr. Trump. The Republicans criticized the Obama administration for a "slow and inconsistent" response to Russia's active measures. And they warned the campaign by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for the hiring of Fusion GPS, a research firm, to investigate relations between Trump and Russia.
The company in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, a grim dossier outlining a plot between the campaign and the Russians.
The Republicans had published important findings from the report in March. The full report, which has been heavily eclipsed in parts of US intelligence agencies, contains recommendations on such diverse topics as cyber and electoral security and a recommendation that the executive conduct compulsory polygraph tests on political agents with top secret security checks that are not confirmed [19659-4] ] Although the Republicans released the Trump campaign, they warned that the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would return without significant deterrence efforts.
"Unless the cost-benefit equation of such operations changes The Putin regime and other hostile governments will continue to continue these attacks against the United States and its allies," they wrote.
The investigation was one of several of the government's involvement in the Russian election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Justice Department investigations continue, and the Senate Intelligence Committee precedes its own investigation.
But the House of Representatives' investigations were fueled by politics from the start.
Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican Committee, became a trusted ally for Mr. Trump, who sought to blame Obama administration officials and so-called profound state bureaucrats to undermine Trump.
Republicans blame their political opponents, notably Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the party's top democrat, for launching a partisan crusade against the White House and for over-frequent litigation in the committee's internal television appearances
At public hearings, the committee's republicans often seemed more interested in spreading leaks to the press than examining the extensive Russian efforts to sabotage the American election.
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