GOP-Led Senate Intelligence Committee Report Says Russia Aided Trump in 2016 Election
The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in a new report that Russia aided Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
This report is an examination of the Jan. 2017 intelligence community assessment that found Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, reports CNN.
The Senate Intelligence Committee‘s report contradicts House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who raised issues in 2018 with the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Trump.
The Senate report also debunks Trump’s frequent claims that it was a “hoax” that Russia was trying to help him win the 2016 election.
Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said in a statement that the U.S. Intelligence Community assessment reflected “strong tradecraft” and “sound analytical reasoning.”
“The [Senate] Committee found no reason to dispute the Intelligence Community’s conclusions,” Burr said.
The Senate Committee also found that the Steele Dossier was not used for any assessments made by the U.S. intelligence community.
This finding contradicts a longtime “deep state” conspiracy claim made by Trump and Republicans that the Steele Dossier (partially paid for by the Clinton campaign in 2016) was the main reason behind the Russian assessments made by the U.S. intelligence Community.
The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee also praised the Obama-era intelligence agencies’ work on the interference in the 2016 election.
The GOP-led report contradicts Russia deniers such as Michael Tracey, Glenn Greenwald, Aaron J. Mate and Matt Taibbi who have long insisted that Democrats and unidentified members of the mainstream media were somehow responsible for this false narrative, which they sarcastically dubbed “Russiagate.”