US Senate report goes beyond Mueller to lay bare Trump campaign's Russia links - 2020-08-18
A report by the Senate intelligence committee provides a treasure trove of new details about Donald Trump's relationship with Moscow, and says that a Russian national who worked closely with Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 was a career intelligence officer.
The bipartisan report runs to nearly 1,000 pages and goes further than last year's investigation into Russian election interference by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. It lays out a stunning web of contacts between Trump, his top election aides and Russian government officials, in the months leading up to the 2016 election.
The Senate panel identifies Konstantin Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence officer employed by the GRU, the military intelligence agency behind the 2018 poisoning of the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal. It cites evidence – some of it redacted – linking Kilimnik to the GRU's hacking and dumping of Democratic party emails.