Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Assessment of Russian Election Meddling

(From The Washington Examiner)

The Senate Intelligence Committee released its summary of its review of the U.S. intelligence community’s January 2017 assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a press release, the panel, led by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said that the judgments in the intelligence community’s assessment “were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been reviewing the assessment for 16 months, and Burr, the panel’s chairman, said it “sees no reason to dispute the conclusions.”

The panel said it supports the assessment that Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election “represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations.”

Further, the Senate intelligence panel said it agrees with the finding that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interference campaign, with the goals of “undermining public faith in the U.S. democratic process,” as well as “denigrate” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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