The Senate Intelligence Committee says Russia did interfere in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win and to damage Hillary Clinton. This is a stark contrast to the interference the House Intelligence Committee ran for Trump, claiming there was no collusion.
Committee leaders Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) issued a joint statement on Wednesday.
Chairman Burr said, “The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the Intelligence Community’s work on this important piece of analysis. Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions. There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections. I look forward to completing the Committee’s inquiry and issuing our findings and recommendations to the American people.”
Vice Chairman Mark Warner: “Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA.” “After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the ICA conclusions were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton. In order to protect our democracy from future threats, we must understand what happened in 2016. And while our Committee’s investigation remains ongoing, one thing is already abundantly clear – we have to do a better job in the future if we want to protect our elections from foreign interference.”
This comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of testimony from Donald Trump Jr., and others about the Trump Tower meeting.
Another bombshell that dropped on Wednesday was news that the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association (NRA) to help Trump win.
The Daily Beast reports, “Documents suggest the Kremlin used the NRA to offer the campaign a back channel to Moscow—including a potential meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin—and might have secretly funded Trump’s campaign, the committee said.”