Putin Was Helping Trump — Senate Intelligence Panel
Jul 06 2018
The House committee claimed to find "significant intelligence tradecraft failings" in the investigation by the spy agencies, and also concluded that "no evidence" existed that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russians during the election, according to Mother Jones magazine.
All in all, the Senate panel's report was a unflinching contradiction of numerous core claims made by Trump allies in the House.
Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said in a statement that it "sees no reason to dispute the conclusions" of the January 2017 intelligence report.
Intelligence agencies found that the Russians in 2016 engaged in cyber-espionage and distributed messages through Russian-controlled propaganda outlets to undermine public faith in the democratic process, "denigrate" Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and develop a "clear preference" for Donald Trump.
It said the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation influenced our election to help Donald Trump win is "sound".
United States intelligence agencies since January of 2017 are investigating a case of possible Russian interference in presidential elections in October 2016, knowing that the team trump has ties with Moscow.
Mr. Trump has been a frequent critic of the work of the intelligence community in general and of some of the ICA's core findings in particular. Warner of Virginia - have both made previous statements supporting the intelligence community's assessment. Trump tweeted on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, trump also said that during the summit on July 16, he will discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and other global issues. The president has vehemently denied those allegations.
So far, the Russian Federation investigation, led by the special counsel Robert Mueller, has yielded almost two dozen indictments and five guilty pleas, including from Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, and Rick Gates, his deputy campaign chairman. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also stands charged with over 20 counts but has pleaded not guilty.
The congressional investigations have overlapped in part with the criminal probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Of the three agencies that contributed to the ICA, the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation offered assessments on Putin's objectives with "high confidence", while the NSA's assessment was issued with "moderate confidence".
The Senate Intelligence Committee investigated the discrepancy, and said in Tuesday's report that the disagreement was "reasonable, transparent, and openly debated", and that it is likely the result of "analytic differences" between the agencies.
House Republicans have contended that the Russian Federation investigation went awry well before Mueller's appointment because it depended on an anti-Trump dossier gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by Democrats and Clinton's campaign.
The Senate committee is still in the process of preparing the classified report detailing its conclusions about the ICA, which when completed will go through a classification review with an eye towards making a version public.
Tuesday's report faulted the ICA for not including an updated assessment on how Russian Federation uses its state media outlets to push its agenda. The newly released, unclassified 7-page report - whose conclusions the Republican-led committee previewed in May - put to rest some questions that had arisen about the integrity of the assessment and the political agenda of the agencies that authored it.