Dispatch March 22, 2018

New Moscow Project Report on NBC: 70 Contacts Between Trump Team and Russia, House Intel Failed to Investigate Most


 

As Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee vote to shut down their Russia investigation this morning, Heidi Przybyla’s NBC News piece on our new report today shows that it’s absolutely ludicrous for House Intel to conclude anything when they have left gaping holes in their so-called investigation.

Our report finds that:

  • There were at least 70 known contacts between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition, including 22 meetings.
  • In 81 percent of these cases, the House Intel committee obtained either no or partial information from the relevant Trump representative.
  • At least 12 members of the Trump team had contacts, and at least another 10 people knew about them – including all 3 heads of the campaign.
  • For 60 percent of the known contacts, the committee failed to interview the Trump representative involved in the contact.
  • In another 21 percent of cases, House Democrats on the committee noted that there was a need to call back the witness to get further information because:
    • they may have lied;
    • they invoked a nonexistent privilege to avoid answering questions; or
    • more information has come out about their involvement.
  • Of the 22 people who had known contacts with Russia-linked operatives or were aware of them, the House Intelligence Committee failed to interview at least 8 of them, and failed to require at least another 5 to reveal all that they knew about those contacts.

Devin Nunes’ committee clearly hasn’t done their job, so don’t fall for any “conclusions” they might be pushing today.