House Intel Republican Accidentally Debunks Trump’s ‘No Collusion’ Claim In Painful NBC Interview
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) inadvertently contradicted President Trump’s claim that the House Intel Committee found “no evidence of Collusion” between his campaign and Russia.
“Our committee was not charged with answering the collusion idea, so we really weren’t focused on that direction,” Conaway told NBC host Chuck Todd, despite the committee issuing a report last week stating it found no evidence of collusion in the 2016 election
Conaway, who led the committee’s Russia investigation after Rep. Devin Nunes recused himself, announced last week the end of the committee’s probe and laid out a number of conclusions reached by GOP members in their initial report. Among those conclusions was the assertion that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The report drew strong criticism from committee Democrats, who said the committee came to no such conclusion.
Conaway, however, admitted on Sunday the committee did not interview former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and other key figures, because he didn’t want to overlap with special counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation.
“We’re trying to stay away from the Mueller investigation and not confuse that or hurt it one way or the other,” he said.
When asked if he regrets that the committee attempted to draw a conclusion on whether the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign, Conaway denied that the committee drew a conclusion at all.
“What we said is we found no evidence of it,” he said. “That’s a different statement. We found no evidence of collusion.”
He then said: “Jesus to forgive me.”
Of course, the committee didn’t find any evidence of collusion because it didn’t look for any evidence of Collusion.
You can watch the entire interview below, via NBC.