A week after Democrats and the White House hammered each other over the release of the controversial House Intelligence Committee report on the Russia-Trump campaign hacks, the House GOP “War Room” has begun its assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
| AP Photo Trump’s White House says it will release report on Russian meddling before Congress’ next session on Jan. 10.
The GOP-led House is set to hold a vote on the findings from the committee’s report on Monday, just days before the midterm elections.
The White House and GOP leadership are working to put the report on President Donald Trump’s desk by the middle of January, before Congress is back from its Christmas break.
Republicans are already planning to hold votes on the report during the recesses of January and February.
“The Republican War Room is working on the committee report,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.
“We are looking forward to voting on the full report before the end of the month.”
The report is based on interviews with more than 60 former and current officials, lawmakers and other people who have seen classified information on the hacks.
It was commissioned by the Trump administration, led by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and published in March.
The committee released its findings in May and released the full, unredacted version on Friday.
House Democrats blasted the report as “highly politicized,” and said the Republican-led committee had not provided any evidence to support their conclusions.
Trump is expected to call for the full committee report to be released as soon as the end on Monday.
“Republicans have taken it upon themselves to attempt to rewrite history and destroy the American people by reopening the Watergate-like coverup,” Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in a statement.
“They are ignoring the facts and twisting them in their own partisan interests.
They are using the Russian hacking to score political points with the American public.”
Trump has repeatedly called the report “failing,” and has said the panel should release its findings to the public.
“I want the report to go out in the public domain.
I don’t want it leaked to anyone,” Trump said at a news conference last month.
“What’s the problem?
I think we should release it to the American taxpayers.”
The House Republican leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has already said he will hold votes this week on the bipartisan Intelligence Committee’s report, including one on the Russian probe.
“You’re going to have the full Senate vote on this report,” Meadows said Wednesday.
“This is a bipartisan report, it’s an unbiased report, and it has the full cooperation of the Senate, and we’re going be able to do that.”
But the full version of the report will likely be the first to be voted on by the full House.
“A vote for the report would be the final vote on whether there is enough evidence to warrant any investigation,” said Rep. Mike Conaway, R.-Texas, the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the committee.
“It’s not a matter of whether there’s sufficient evidence to reopen the investigation.
This is a matter about whether there are enough facts and the evidence to allow a thorough and credible investigation.”
The committee is currently working on a second version of its report that will focus on cybersecurity.
The House Intelligence report found that Russian hackers targeted Democratic Party and political organizations as part of a broader effort to undermine confidence in the U.S. democratic process.
The findings also found that some Democratic operatives were caught up in the hack.
“While the report found Russian hacking of U.N. systems and U.K. government networks, the report did not address whether the Russians had a role in the hacks of Democratic Party organizations, the DNC, or the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden,” the report said.
“Instead, the committee recommended that Congress take a thorough look at whether there were efforts to influence U.L.G.s election process, the scope of U to U, and whether any Russian government entities sought to interfere in the election.”
The Intelligence Committee is also working on another report examining whether the Kremlin is seeking to influence the outcome of upcoming midterm elections, and on a draft of a bill that would require Congress to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.