GOP House Intel Member Blasts His Own Party’s Russia Probe Conclusion: ‘We’ve Lost All Credibility’
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) did not agree with his own party’s conclusion that Russia did not collude in the 2016 presidential election and admitted that House Republicans have “lost all credibility.”
On Monday, GOP committee members released a report announcing that there’s no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia. But Rooney did not agree with his own party.
Rooney, speaking on @OutFrontCNN , seems uncertain about finding in report says: The GOP agrees with the "Intelligence Community Assessment’s judgments, except with respect to Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 12, 2018
Rooney made an appearance on CNN on Monday. Speaking with Erin Burnett, the Republican congressman contradicted his own party and said “Putin DID develop preference for Trump and try to help him win.”
GOP Rep Rooney contradicts House Intel Chair Conaway. Says Putin DID develop preference for Trump and try to help him win.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) March 12, 2018
“I don’t know that necessarily there was a full-fledged campaign to do everything they could to help elect Donald Trump,” Rooney said. “I think their goal was chaos. To say that we have seen a red evidence or say. ‘We got to get Donald Trump in there,’ I don’t know that’s true.”
“Why would you end the investigation now?” Burnett asked. “It sounds like there’s disagreement between Republicans on your committee … why are you all ending it?”
“Two things: From what I said last week is we have gone off the rails and now we’re a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day’s news. We have lost all credibility and we’re going to issue probably two different reports.”
Take a look at the video clip below:
"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
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2018