US Senate Intelligence Committee confirms Russian attempts to help Trump in 2016 election

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday confirmed the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community on Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election. This was reported by the Politico newspaper with reference to the report of the senators.

The report, prepared by a special commission of the committee headed by Senator Richard Burr, says that “no reason was found to question” the results of the U.S. intelligence investigation.

The document asserts that the Russian leadership “approved and directed aspects of the campaign to influence” the U.S. electoral process. The commission also pointed out that the intelligence community provided sufficient evidence that Russia, during its campaign, preferred Donald Trump over his rival Hillary Clinton.

The report consists of 158 pages. It is based on the Senators’ and the Committee’s own investigation into both the Russian Federation’s actions and the sources from which the intervention attempts were reported. In addition, the committee members reviewed the methods used by intelligence representatives in their investigation. Dozens of pages in the report published on the committee’s website are classified and therefore black.

The report notes that the committee’s commission concluded that the intelligence agencies’ work was professional and that their analysis was correct.

In addition, Deputy Chairman of the Intelligence Committee Mark Warner warned that Russia is likely to try to interfere in the election process in 2020.

“There is no reason to doubt that the success of the Russians in 2016 will not lead them to try to do the same in 2020,” Warner said.

The report, published on Tuesday, was already the fourth committee document on Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Another – fifth – last report on the subject is expected to be published.

In July 2018, then Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates said that U.S. intelligence agencies had previously clearly established the alleged Russian intervention in the U.S. elections of 2016.

“We were unequivocal with our assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the continuing widespread attempts (of Russia – IF) to undermine our democracy; and we will continue to provide genuine and objective intelligence to protect our national security,” Coates said.

In March 2019, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team completed a report on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and handed it over to the prosecutor general. He announced in a letter to Congress that investigators found no signs of collusion between Russia and Trump’s election headquarters. The special prosecutor also did not charge Trump with obstruction of justice, leaving the matter to the general prosecutor, who concluded that there were no sufficient grounds for charging the president.