Senate Intelligence committee backs finding that Russian Federation tried to help Trump

Backing Intelligence Agencies, U.S. Senate Panel Says Russia Interfered in 2016 Election to Help Trump Win

Backing Intelligence Agencies, U.S. Senate Panel Says Russia Interfered in 2016 Election to Help Trump Win

The Senate Intelligence Committee has unequivocally upheld the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russian Federation developed a "clear preference" for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election and sought to help him win the White House.

The Senate committee's bipartisan conclusion comes as Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

The intelligence community determined that the Kremlin meant to "denigrate" and "harm" Clinton, and "undermine public faith in the US democratic process" while helping Trump. It did say, however, that intelligence agencies were on solid ground by saying Moscow developed a "clear preference" for Trump.

The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, dominated by Republicans sympathetic to Trump, found no conclusive evidence proving collusion.

The Senate committee's findings are at odds with the House Intelligence Committee's final report, which faulted the "analytic tradecraft" underlying the ICA's conclusion that Putin's strategic intention was to help Trump win.

"As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the (Intelligence Community Assessment's) findings were accurate and on point", said committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat.

As far as the ICA's conclusion that Putin wanted to help Trump and hurt Clinton, the Senate Intelligence Committee said the document "provided a range of all-source reporting to support these assessments".

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" 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.

Separate from congressional inquiries, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether any Republican Trump's election campaign members coordinated with Moscow officials. 'The president has been clear and he's said it many times that he feels Russian Federation interfered in our election'.

U.S. 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.

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.

The Senate panel determined the ICA is a "sound intelligence production".

"Further details have come to light that bolster the assessment", the report said.

The Senate Intelligence panel has continued its investigation of whether anyone on the Trump campaign colluded with Russia's efforts.

"In all the interviews of those who drafted and prepared the ICA, the committee heard consistently that analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach any conclusions", the committee wrote.

Tuesday's report was one of several the committee will issue as part of its investigation.

Earlier, the committee held a public hearing and issued a report on the security of US election systems, on which there was no partisan dissent.

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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