House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) on Monday admitted his panel has “lost all credibility” after waffling on whether or not he accepts his party’s conclusions on the Russia probe.
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
GOP committee members on Monday released a draft report from the year-long Russia probe that insisted there’s no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia—and challenges the intelligence community’s assessment that Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump.
Wow. Rep. Tom Rooney, a GOP intelligence committee member, is undermining his own report on @CNN right now.
Says there’s no doubt that the Russians meddled in the election to help Donald Trump.
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) March 12, 2018
Rooney was speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett, at first appearing to contradict the GOP’s conclusion that Putin did not want to help Trump.
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.”
Watch the 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