Senate Intel report confirms Russia aimed to help Trump in 2016 - 2020-04-21
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
Tuesday's bipartisan report, from a panel chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, undercuts Trump's years of efforts to portray allegations of Kremlin assistance to his campaign as a "hoax," driven by Democrats and a "deep state" embedded within the government bureaucracy.
The intelligence community's initial January 2017 assessment of Moscow's influence campaign included "specific intelligence reporting to support the assessment that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian government demonstrated a preference for candidate Trump," the committee's report says. The panel also found "specific intelligence" to support the conclusion that Putin "approved and directed aspects" of the Kremlin's interference efforts.