Senate panel agrees Putin tried to help Trump

Senate panel agrees Putin tried to help Trump

The U.S. intelligence community's initial assessment that Russian Federation secretly tried to interfere with the 2016 election to boost Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton was "well-supported", the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday in an unclassified report.

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

The House committee wrote that it "identified significant intelligence tradecraft failings that undermine confidence in the ICA (Intelligence Community Assessment) judgments regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin's strategic objectives for disrupting the USA election". It also concluded the Russian government had "developed a clear preference" for Trump.

Democrats on the House committee rejected the Republican report, issuing a report of their own that was harshly critical of the House Republicans.

"The Committee during the 16 months studied the sources and methods of intelligence work and the work of analysts, the underlying conclusion of the intelligence community, and has no reason to dispute", - said the head of the Committee, Richard Burr. The panel has already released similar findings and recommendations for ensuring better election security; it is also expected to release an assessment of the Obama administration's conduct related to the Russian threat and another document examining the role social media played in Russia's influence operations. Senate aides privately say the rolling releases reflect Burr's attempt to conclude less controversial matters quickly, while avoiding conflict with Trump and his backers. Trump tweeted, then questioned whether law enforcement had adequately investigated the issue.

The Senate committee, however, said the scope of Russian interference has only become clearer in the years since the campaign.

According to public records and congressional officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee report is the latest of four election-related inquiries on which the panel's Republicans and Democrats continue to cooperate.

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"All individuals the committee interviewed verified that the dossier did not in any way inform the analysis", the panel said. 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 committee said on Tuesday that that during its review, it was consistently told that intelligence analysts were under "no politically motivated pressure to reach any conclusions".

The committee did note one fault with the ICA.

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

The House Intelligence Committee released its report on 2016 election meddling in March, and determined that the intelligence officials who made the assessment in January 2017 didn't meet the appropriate evidentiary standard to make that judgment, The Hill reported.

Meanwhile, the Senate committee has maintained bipartisan cooperation and expressed little interest in Nunes' theories about allegations of investigator misconduct.

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