Timing: Senate bipartisan report backs intel assessment of Russian interference in 2016

Timing: Senate bipartisan report backs intel assessment of Russian interference in 2016
Mark Warner (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC; Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee) give a brief in Oct 2017. PBS, YouTube

[Ed. – Dang, that’s some interesting timing, with the Grenell ODNI now unredacting footnotes right and left and reports that Durham has grand juries impaneled and could be issuing indictments within days.  Even if the latter doesn’t happen this week, the reports that it might are of interest.  The Senate Intelligence Committee has been very friendly to Spygate and the CIA all along, even with GOP leadership. This looks like a preemptive move.]

A bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday affirms the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a far-ranging influence campaign approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and aimed at helping Donald Trump win the White House.

The report rejects Trump’s claims that the intelligence community was biased against him when it concluded that Russia had interfered on his behalf in the election. It says instead that intelligence officials had specific information that Russia preferred Trump in the election, that it sought to denigrate Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and that Putin had “approved and directed aspects” of the Kremlin’s influence campaign.

The heavily-redacted report from the Senate Intelligence Committee is part of the panel’s more than three-year investigation into Russian interference.

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