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The House Intelligence Committee redacted all but 4 words on this page of its big Russian collusion report

A new House Intelligence Committee report gives the public the facts — but just a few of them.

The committee's Republicans released a report Friday that found "no evidence" of collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials, but the public version of the report was heavily redacted in some places to conceal classified information.

In some of those redactions, it's clear why information needed to be kept private. For example, one section notes that "Trump campaign associates: [redacted], Carter Page, [redacted]" were the subjects of counterintelligence investigations by the FBI. But one page is almost entirely blacked out, leaving just four words visible to the public: "Attribution Is a Bear."

The page, which is a part of a heavily-redacted section of the report entitled "Russia Attacks the United States," is one of several pages that are mostly or entirely obscured. Some committee Republicans like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) were unhappy that the report didn't leave more information visible to the public, reports BuzzFeed News. "We object to the excessive and unjustified number of redactions, many of which do not relate to classified information," he said, pledging to publish a more transparent version in the "near future."