Senate intel panel agrees Russia favored Trump in 2016 election

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Vladimir Putin
Russian
President Vladimir Putin’s government wanted Donald Trump to win
the US presidency, senators and the US intelligence committee
have concluded.

Alexei
Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP


  • The Senate Intelligence Committee leaders said
    Wednesday that they agreed with the US intelligence community’s
    assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help
    President Donald Trump.
  • “The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and
    ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping
    Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,” Sen. Mark Warner,
    the committee’s vice chairman, said.
  • The findings depart from the House Intelligence
    Committee’s report last month, which implied that Russia’s goal
    was more to sow discord than specifically aid Trump.

Russia interfered in the United States’ 2016 presidential
election with the intention of helping President Donald Trump and
hurting his opponent Hillary Clinton, the bipartisan leaders of
the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Their statements affirmed the US intelligence community’s
assessment, and departed from the findings of the House Intelligence
Committee
last month, which implied that Moscow’s goal was to
sow discord in the US and not necessarily to help Trump.

The House report had argued that the intelligence community “did
not employ proper analytic tradecraft” in gauging Russian
President Vladimir Putin’s intentions.


”There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort
to interfere with our 2016 elections,” Senate committee Chairman
Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in a statement.
“Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources,
tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute
the conclusions.”

The committee’s vice chairman, Democrat Mark Warner, added in the
statement that the intelligence community’s assessments were
“accurate and on point.”

“The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by
President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump
and hurting Hillary Clinton,” Warner continued. “One thing is
already abundantly clear — we have to do a better job in the
future if we want to protect our elections from foreign
interference.”

Trump has long contested the intelligence community’s assertion
that Russia favored his candidacy, and shot down claims that his
campaign colluded with Moscow.

“House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION
between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” he tweeted after the House
Intelligence Committee released its report. “As I have been
saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on
payments and lies. There should never have been a Special Counsel
appointed. Witch hunt!”