As a surprise to no one ever, the Senate Intelligence Committee broke with House Republicans on Wednesday and determined that the U.S. intelligence community was correct in assessing that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in order to help former reality show star Donald Trump win the White House, the Washington Post reports.
“Our staff concluded that the [intelligence community’s] conclusions were accurate and on point,” the panel’s vice-chairman, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), said in a joint statement with Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). “The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,” Warner continued.
Expect an upcoming Twitter-tantrum because Trump has taken offense at the intelligence community’s determination that Russia favored him for the White House over Hillary Clinton.
After the House Intelligence Committee released its findings, Trump was ecstatic and claimed that his party’s findings somehow vindicated him from any charges of collusion or coordination with Russia.
Allegations of collusion will be addressed in the Senate intelligence panel’s final report.
The Washington Post reports:
But Burr and Warner have been dropping hints for days that their panel’s interim findings on the intelligence community would depart from those of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans. House Democrats also roundly disagreed with [the] findings [of the HIC].
“Everyone that we’ve ever had testify still stands by the full findings of the ICA,” Warner said in reference to the intelligence community’s assessment. “We’ve had all the Obama officials, we’ve had all the Trump officials. Every person.”
But facts are a sticky thing with the Trump administration. Last October, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Hillary Clinton of engaging in “collusion” with Russia.
It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump. Was collusion with HC!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
Trump’s tweet, of course, is ‘fake news.’ It’s common knowledge that Russian President Vladimir Putin hates the former Secretary of State. In fact, he’s hated Clinton for years. The assessment from the Senate Intel Committee won’t go over well with Trump. He launched a war on the Intelligence community immediately after he took the oath of office.
In fact, it seems more like he launched a war on intelligence.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee determined that the Russian government used the National Rifle Association (NRA) to help Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. “The committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign,” the committee wrote.
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