Senate Intel agrees with assessment that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump

Backing Intelligence Agencies, U.S. Senate Panel Says Russia Interfered in 2016 Election to Help Trump Win

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that found Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help President Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton is "a sound intelligence product".

USA intelligence agencies since January of 2017 are investigating a case of possible Russian interference in presidential elections in October 2016, knowing that the team trump has ties with Moscow.

The committee, which is still in the process of conducting a full bipartisan review, said in its initial report on Tuesday that the intelligence community's assessment, or ICA, was a "sound intelligence product" whose conclusions were "reached in a professional and transparent manner".

"The Russian effort was extensive and sophisticated, and its goals were to undermine public faith in the democratic process, to hurt Secretary Clinton (Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton) and to help Donald Trump", Warner said.

The Senate Intelligence panel has continued its investigation of whether anyone on the Trump campaign colluded with Russia's efforts, and Burr has said he hopes to wrap up interviews this month and begin drafting a final report in August, Bloomberg news reported.

As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point.

The Senate report diverges from the one released in March by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who said officials were mistaken to conclude that Moscow wanted Trump to win.

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Future updates on the Russian interference probe should be released in the not-too-distant future, Chairman Richard M. Burr said in a statement. He once retweeted Fox & Friends quoting a contributor saying, "Anything Mueller is doing with his investigation is tainted by the anti-Trump FBI agent".

Russian interference in the 2016 election was created to cause Democrat Hillary Clinton (above) to lose. The president has vehemently denied those allegations. Trump had said that he could help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington. However, there is no evidence to date that Russia's ham-fisted and sparsely-resourced social media campaign had any effect on the outcome of the election. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, has also been charged with over 20 counts; he has pleaded not guilty.

Of the three agencies that contributed to the ICA, the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation offered assessments on Putin's objectives with "high confidence", while the NSA's assessment was issued with "moderate confidence". The President himself calls the accusations "a witch hunt".

Tuesday's report faulted the ICA for not including an updated assessment on how Russian Federation uses its state media outlets to push its agenda.

Senate investigators also rejected the notion that the ICA was inappropriately influenced by politics, as some of Trump's supporters have alleged.

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