Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Senate panel backs intel assessment that Russian Federation helped Trump win

Senate panel backs intel assessment that Russian Federation helped Trump win

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday backed up conclusions from USA intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of helping President Donald Trump win, releasing an unclassified report that called the intelligence assessment solid.

The committee's report indicates lawmakers also intend to address questions about an explosive "dossier" of allegations about Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency had "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin aspired to help Trump's election chances by denigrating opponent Hillary Clinton, the NSA had only "moderate confidence" in that assessment, according to the January 2017 analysis.

Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.

Part of a wide-ranging series of topics Trump plans to discuss with Putin is the issue of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections of 2016.

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But it will also take place under the cloud of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 vote.


Earlier this year, Republicans on the House intelligence committee concluded there was no collusion or coordination between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"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", committee chair Sen.

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 Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has broken with Donald Trump, issuing a report saying that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win. Speaking to reporters, trump also said that during the summit on July 16, he will discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and other worldwide issues.

Democrats on the House committee protested, charging that GOP leaders rushed to end the investigation before key witnesses were interviewed and crucial documents were obtained. Trump tweeted, then questioned whether law enforcement had adequately investigated the issue.

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The House Intelligence Committee in March released their report into 2016 election meddling, finding that the small group of intelligence officials who made the assessment in January 2017 did not meet the appropriate evidentiary standard to make that judgment with such certainty. 'The president has been clear and he's said it many times that he feels Russian Federation interfered in our election'.

The Senate panel's conclusion about the motivation behind Russia's meddling stands in contrast to the findings of the House Intelligence Committee. The panel previously issued election security recommendations, and separately announced that it concurs with the Intelligence Community finding that Russian Federation tried to help Trump.

The Senate panel's overall investigation into Russian election meddling is also still ongoing, with interim reports like this one released on a rolling basis.

According to the document, the Committee had to "rely on the Agency that classified the information and scores were reported correctly", it was questioned senior intelligence officials who are familiar with the information.

The report is another example of how the Senate Intelligence Committee has diverged from its House counterpart.

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The House panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has dedicated significant time to examining how the Justice Department has handled the Russian probe.

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