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Panel concurs with intelligence findings on Russian meddling


dpa
Washington
The Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday it agrees with the findings of the US intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.
"After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the [intelligence community's] conclusions were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,"committee's Vice Chairman Mark Warner said in a statement. The statement comes after the committee staff's review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities and intentions in recent US elections.
The review found that the intelligence community was correct in assessing shortly after the 2016 US presidential election that Russia meddled in it with the aim of helping Trump and hurting Clinton.
Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr said the the committee staff spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work of the intelligence community and found no reason to dispute its conclusions.
"There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections,"Burr said.
The determination that Russia intended to help Trump sets up a clash with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. While their report agreed with most of the ICA findings, they said investigators found"no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government."
Trump cheered the House Republicans'conclusion, claiming it vindicated him by finding no evidence of collusion or coordination with Russia.

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