Shot ... "GOP finds no proof Trump 'colluded'" — WashPost: "House Intelligence Committee Republicans ... released a redacted version of their final report from a year-long probe of Russia’s 'multifaceted' influence operation, generally clearing President Trump and his associates of wrongdoing."
- The report accuses "the intelligence community and the FBI of failures in how they assessed and responded to the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election."
Chaser ... CNBC: "Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower in 2016 on the premise of gathering dirt on Hillary Clinton, was more deeply connected to the Kremlin than previously known, NBC News reported."
- Emails "appear to show a correspondence between Veselnitskaya and an official in Russia's state prosecutor's office coordinating a response to a case brought forward by the U.S. Department of Justice."
- Why it matters: "The newly discovered communications ... indicate that the lawyer held a level of influence within the Kremlin, undercutting her long-held insistence that she was merely a private attorney."