Republican-led Senate panel confirms that Russia backed Trump in 2016 - 2020-04-21
In January 2017, after Donald Trump eked out his electoral college victory but before he took office, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report outlining what the CIA, NSA, and FBI knew—and could say publicly—about Russian attacks on the 2016 election. The report concluded that the Russian government orchestrated the assault at the direction of Vladimir Putin and that one Moscow aim was to bolster Trump's campaign.
"Russian interference in the 2016 election is a fact."
Trump has consistently denied or discounted the findings in the years since as a "deep state" plot to undermine him. But a new report released Tuesday from the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee gave the report an overall blue ribbon seal of approval. The committee, after years of investigations, interviews with relevant officials, and an exhaustive review of the intelligence that underpinned the report's conclusions found that it was professionally produced free of political pressure and that its assessments were an accurate representation of what the government knew.