'CIA Just Got It Wrong' on Russia Collusion, GOP Member of House Intelligence Committee Says

President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on March 10. Trump denied that he is engaging in a trade war with China despite signing off tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee has commented the panel will be able to show that the CIA "just got it wrong" on alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Chris Stewart made the comment following the committee's Monday announcement that a draft report of their findings is at odds with U.S. intelligence agencies' view of Russia's attempt to interfere in the election "with respect to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump."

In an interview with CNN on Monday night, Stewart said: "I have spent a couple days out to the CIA actually reading the raw intelligence; actually reading what we were basing this on. And when we release this report, we're going to be able to show, you know what, the CIA just got it wrong."

"The CIA is not perfect. They often—or at least from time to time—will make mistakes, as do I, as do you, as does any agency. And we're just going to have to show people they were wrong on this. They just misinterpreted some very key intelligence and drew the wrong conclusion," he added.

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The committee's announcement that its investigation into Russia's attempt to interfere in the U.S. election was over, and that there was no collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia, was slammed by Democrat members of the committee.

Indeed, the top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, commented that the decision to end the probe marked a "tragic milestone for this Congress."

Unsurprisingly, the decision was welcomed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted the news in capital letters and has previously referred to the ongoing investigation as a "witch hunt."

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However, this does not bring to an end the criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's attempt to meddle in the U.S. election, with 13 Russians indicted last month on charges of election interference.

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