A Republican-controlled Senate panel has said that further evidence has been found to support a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help elect Donald Trump.
"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", said a statement from Sen. In a statement earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said it was "clear based on the evidence" that Putin wanted Clinton to lose in November. But U.S. officials later said publicly that Moscow in fact did seek to support Trump.
The panel's conclusion on this finding is likely to infuriate Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation sought to tilt the election in his favor. Despite Trump's claims that the investigations of Russian interference is a "witch hunt", the committee report concluded that the earlier conclusion on Russian meddling by us spy agencies was "a sound intelligence product", CNN reported.
Democrats on the House panel sharply disagreed, saying the Republican-controlled panel had not interviewed enough witnesses or gathered enough evidence to make a definitive assessment.
Also recall that the United States continues the investigation of the independent counsel Muller on the circumstances of the Russian intervention in the political process in the United States, in which check and the possibility of coordination between the government and the electoral headquarters of the trump in the election of 2016.
The House Intelligence Committee has been split along partisan lines, releasing Republican and Democratic versions of various reports.
Announced in an unclassified summary, the Senate committee assessment is a firm repudiation of its counterpart in the House and Trump himself, who has rejected assertions that Moscow sought to bolster his candidacy through election meddling, The Hill noted.
House Republicans have contended the Russian Federation probe went south because it depended on an anti-Trump dossier gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by Democrats and Clinton's campaign. The document, which was compiled by a British ex-spy, did not inform the intelligence community's assessment "in any way", the Senate committee found. The president has vehemently denied those allegations.
The Senate committee is still in the process of preparing the classified report detailing its conclusions about the ICA, which when completed will go through a classification review with an eye towards making a version public.
The Senate report also said there were no signs that President Barack Obama's administration improperly tried to interfere with intelligence agencies' analysis.
In a press release Tuesday, the panel added that the ICA's conclusions were "well supported and the tradecraft was strong". Senators also criticized the intelligence community's report for not providing more comprehensive historical context, to put Russia's 2016 operation into better perspective.
The House panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has also proven to be much more willing to jump to Trump's defense, dedicating significant time to examining how the Justice Department has handled the Russian probe. The issue of collusion could test the committee's bipartisan cooperation.