The Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report about the US intelligence community’s January 2017 assessment on Russian election meddling.
The committee found the assessment is a “sound intelligence product” and that the conclusions were “reached in a professional and transparent manner.”
The findings fly in the face of President Donald Trump’s and his allies’ attacks on the intelligence community’s credibility and bias.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on Tuesday largely underlining what the US intelligence community said in January 2017: Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help elect President Donald Trump.
Tuesday’s report flies in the face of a flurry of attacks from Trump and his allies. They frequently accuse US intelligence and law enforcement agencies of bias and political corruption.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is still in the process of conducting a full bipartisan review, said in its initial report on Tuesday that Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) is a “sound intelligence product” whose conclusions were “reached in a professional and transparent manner.”
The senators found that the Kremlin directed Russia’s meddling, interfering specifically to hurt then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump, then the Republican nominee. The document did not draw any conclusions on whether Russia’s campaign was successful.
In a press release Tuesday, the panel added that the ICA’s conclusions were “well supported and the tradecraft was strong.”
“The Committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work underpinning the Intelligence Community Assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the committee, said in a statement.
Vice chairman Mark Warner echoed his colleague.
“Our investigation thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the January 2017 ICA, which assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to target our presidential election and to destabilize our democratic institutions,” the Virginia senator said. “As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point.”
Senate intel committee reinforces the ICA’s findings
Tuesday’s report touched on several facets of Russia’s election interference, including its social media disinformation campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in ordering the influence campaign, government-linked hacking and cyberattacks, and the country’s use of its own state media outlets to spread misinformation.
The ICA said that while Moscow has long sought to undermine the western world …read more
Source:: Business Insider