Top Republican Senator Says There’s ‘No Doubt’ Russia Favored Trump
The four main intelligence agencies — the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — compiled the assessment, as well as a declassified type was released Jan. 6, 2017. This particular said which all four agencies had “high confidence” which Russian spies had tried to interfere from the election on the orders of their president, Vladimir V. Putin.
The statements by top committee members on Wednesday came after the panel held a closed hearing with the men who led the intelligence agencies when the assessment was conducted, including John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, as well as James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump.
The committee’s finding on Wednesday can be the second of four interim conclusions which the panel plans to Discharge before This particular issues its final report, which will most likely take place This particular year. This particular month, the committee released its findings on election security, concluding which Russian hackers surveilled around 20 state election systems as well as were looking for ways to undermine confidence from the United States’ voting process.
The Senate committee’s findings appear unlikely to give Mr. Trump much to crow about, unlike a parallel investigation by the House Intelligence Committee. which inquiry ended abruptly last month when the Republicans on the panel issued their own report, absolving the Trump campaign of aiding Russia’s election meddling as well as describing contacts between Trump associates as well as Russian officials or their intermediaries merely as ill-advised meetings.
The report, which ran about 250 pages, instead took aim at what Republicans called the misjudgments of Democrats as well as others, even as Republicans sought to play down the seriousness of mistakes by or suspicions about the Trump campaign. They faulted aides to Mrs. Clinton for secretly paying for opposition research which included information through Russian sources, as well as castigated federal law enforcement as well as intelligence agencies for failing to counter Russian interference as well as for purported investigative abuses as well as allegedly damaging national security leaks.
Mr. Trump breathlessly seized on the report, writing on Twitter: “‘No evidence’ which the Trump Campaign ‘colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.’ Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained through Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END at This particular point!”
Democrats on the committee joined the fray using a nearly 100-page dissenting document, denouncing the Republicans’ report as little more than a whitewash. They said which the Republicans showed no inclination to pursue even the most obvious of leads, as well as refused to interview crucial witnesses. The eagerness of Trump campaign aides to accept offers of Russian assistance, they said, suggested “a consciousness of wrongfulness, if not illegality.”