Rep. Adam Schiff on Feb. 5. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The House Intelligence Committee has voted on party lines to release the report on the Russia investigation, and now the probe is formally ending. The report finds that there was no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin and recommends rooting out intel leaks with "mandatory polygraphs" for those with top secret security clearances, per Politico.

What now: The intelligence community must review report to redact classified information before publicly releasing it, per Politico. The Democrats will continue their investigation, but they don’t have subpoena power without the Republicans on board, per CNN.

The report’s other conclusions:

  • The possible attempts to set up a back-channel with Trump associates “suggest the absence of collusion during the campaign, since the communication associated with collusion would have rendered such a 'back channel' unnecessary.”
  • Obama’s intel director James Clapper provided “inconsistent testimony” about contacts with the media.
  • Carter Page provided an “incomplete” account of his trip in 2016 to Moscow.
  • Trump associates had “ill-advised” contacts with WikiLeaks.

Rep. Adam Schiff pointed out today that there are relevant reports to the Russia investigation that have come out since Republicans ended the probe. His list:

  • News that other countries talk about exploiting Jared Kushner and his company.
  • Reports that George Nader, an advisor to the UAE with ties to Trump, was cooperating with the Mueller probe.
  • Reports that Roger Stone was warned about the DNC email leak.
  • Reports that the Special Counsel was looking into the Trump Organization’s links with Russia.
  • Reports that former FBI Andrew McCabe kept memos of conversations with Trump.
  • News about Cambridge Analytica’s role in the misuse of data on Facebook of 50 million American’s and its role in the 2016 election.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include the report's findings.

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