Senate report affirms intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation favored Trump over Clinton

Bipartisan Senate panel backs intelligence assessment of 2016 Russian election meddling and the Kremlin's efforts to help President Trump

Bipartisan Senate panel backs intelligence assessment of 2016 Russian election meddling and the Kremlin's efforts to help President Trump

The assessment, announced in an unclassified summary released Tuesday, represents a direct repudiation of the committee's counterpart in the House - and of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to USA market MORE himself, who has consistently rejected assertions that Moscow sought to bolster his candidacy through its election interference.

The report endorses the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, or ICA, finding Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 with the goals of undermining Americans' faith in the democratic process and denigrating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

However, critics of President Trump desperate for negative Russian Federation collusion-related news seized on the report as if its findings were new. 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 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 Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate passes mammoth farm bill Koch-backed group targets two Senate Republicans over spending in six-figure ad blitz How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks' immunity deal MORE (R-N.C.) said in a statement.

The Senate findings also come out five days after Trump's most recent statement expressing skepticism over the intelligence community findings, as the Inquisitr reported, and seeming to take Putin's side in the election meddling issue.

Late last month, Trump tweeted: 'Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!'

Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) speaks to the media about the committee's findings and recommendations on threats to election infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2018.

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".

The Senate summary noted there were different confidence levels between the National Security Agency and the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation about whether Putin and the Russian government were aspiring to help Trump; the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation assessed with "high confidence" and the NSA with "moderate confidence". The committee said the difference in confidence levels was "reasonable, transparent, and openly debated" between the agencies.

The committee found the assessment to be "a sound intelligence product".

"The Committee heard consistently that analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach any conclusions", the report said.

On the legislative side, it was just a week ago that the committee advanced a two-year authorization for intelligence programs including language created to bolster election security, including improving information-sharing with state and local election officials.

She further declined to say whether the president would entertain a request by Russian Federation to lift election-related economic sanctions.

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