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Stocks Surge As Senate Intel Committee Confirms "No Collusion"
02-12-2019, 12:36 PM,
Stocks Surge As Senate Intel Committee Confirms "No Collusion"
Stocks Surge As Senate Intel Committee Confirms "No Collusion"

<p>Nearly a year after their colleagues in the House <a href="">reached a similar conclusion</a>, the Senate Intel Committee said on Tuesday that it was preparing to conclude its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia after finding - get this - no direct evidence of a conspiracy, according to <a href="">NBC News.</a></p>

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<p>The investigation is coming to a close after 2 years and more than 200 interviews. Senate Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr said the decision to end the probe was made after the committee started running out of new questions to ask.</p>

<p>"If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview with CBS News last week.</p>

<p>Burr was careful to note that more facts may yet be uncovered, but he also made clear that the investigation was nearing an end.<br />
"We know we're getting to the bottom of the barrel because there're not new questions that we're searching for answers to," Burr said.</p>

<p>Unsurprisingly, Democrats on the committee that the more than 100 contacts between Trump campaign staff and the Russians before Trump's inauguration (some of which, of course, were made after the election) raised reason for suspicion, though they didn't challenge Burr's characterization of the probe.</p>

<p>Democratic Senate investigators who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity did not dispute Burr's characterizations, but said they lacked context.</p>

<p><strong>"We were never going find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,'"</strong> one Democratic aide said.</p>

<p>The series of contacts between Trump's associates, his campaign officials, his children and various Russians suggest a campaign willing to accept help from a foreign adversary, the Democrats say.</p>

<p>By many counts, Trump and his associates had more than 100 contacts with Russians before the January 2017 presidential inauguration.</p>

<p>Stocks surged on the news:</p>

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<p>Though Trump is probably occupied with other, bigger issues on Tuesday, we await a tweet from the president cheering his latest vindication.</p>

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<p>Meanwhile, reports surfaced recently suggesting that the Mueller probe might also soon be coming to an end after several of his prosecutors left or were transferred elsewhere within the DOJ...but this wouldn't be the first time that reports of the Mueller probe's imminent end proved wrong.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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