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After House Intel Report, Here’s a List of All the Trump-Russia Investigations

Who is investigating Russian involvement in 2016 election?

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on oversight of the FBI. Mueller is heading one of multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on its Russia investigation Friday, reaffirming the committee’s claims that it found “no evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The report, written by committee Republicans, criticized “poor judgment and ill-considered actions” by Trump’s campaign — and also put blame on Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign for similar actions.

House Intelligence Committee members aren’t the only ones investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 elections. Here’s our list:

House Intelligence Committee Investigation

The House Intelligence Committee final report outlined the findings of the yearlong investigation into Trump's potential Russia ties and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“While the committee found that several of the contacts between Trump associates and Russians — or their proxies, including Wikileaks — were ill-advised, the committee did not determine that Trump or anyone associated with him assisted Russia's active measures campaign,” the report says.

The report criticized Trump's campaign for meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign, saying the meeting “demonstrated poor judgement.”

But it also criticized Clinton’s campaign for their Russian-sourced opposition research, labeled “the Steele dossier.”

The committee had subpoenaed documents, scheduled interviews with witnesses and potential probe targets and run public and closed-door hearings.

Republicans on the committee ended the investigation in March of this year, saying there was “no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

But the House panel did not stop there: Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes threatened to impeach FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein if they did not hand over documents about what launched the Justice investigation into Russian interference.

Rosenstein gave them access last week.

Justice Department

Turbulent staffing and recurring criticism from President Donald Trump gives the Justice Department investigation its high profile.

Former FBI director James Comey initially led the investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The president fired Comey on May 9, and has wavered on whether the firing was because of the Russia investigation.

“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won,’” Trump said in an interview with NBC News.

Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as special counsel to the investigation the next week. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller’s investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

The team is looking for “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as crimes that may take place during the course of the investigation.

Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation

The Senate Intelligence Committee investigation is still ongoing.

So far, the committee has released a public report and called on Congress to help states improve cybersecurity for voting systems. The Senate committee distanced itself from its House counterpart, which some senators claimed took a partisan approach to the investigation.

Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security looked into election hacking in 2016 after the agency found Russian activity in election-related digital systems.

The agency found 21 states were targeted but vote-tallying systems were not changed, Homeland Security’s chief cybersecurity official Jeanette Manfra said.

After the findings, Homeland Security offered voluntary federal protections for election infrastructure throughout the country, Manfra said. The agency assessed more than 17 states who requested help finding security weaknesses ahead of upcoming elections.

DHS is taking preventative measures against future election meddling, she said.

Senate Judiciary Committee

The Judiciary Committee started investigating federal actions surrounding the investigation into Russia-Trump ties in July 2017.

Specifically, the panel wants to know whether Trump obstructed justice when he allegedly pressured Comey to ease up on the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The conversation in question reportedly happened shortly before Trump fired Comey.

At first, the committee investigated only Flynn’s potential ties with foreign entities. After Comey was fired, the investigation expanded to include the potential cover-up.

Partisan infighting hindered the committee’s investigation. Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein originally made the investigation a bipartisan effort. But the investigation split after Grassley denounced Democrats for refusing to investigate misdeeds involving Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

Recently, the committee again seems closer to bipartisan action. Senators requested more information on former campaign officials Rick Dearborn and John Mashburn, who both went to work for the White House in March.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee took up its own investigation in August 2016, looking at the same charges as the Senate Judiciary committee: potential obstruction of justice and Flynn’s ties to foreign powers.

The committee also has ongoing investigations into FBI decision-making during the 2016 election.

On Monday Chairman Trey Gowdy andBob Goodlatte, head of the House Judiciary panel, announced they had reached an agreement with Justice Department officials to get documents about 2016 election practices.

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