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The intelligence community finds the alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election to be “accurate and on point,” according to an unclassified report and statement by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
The committee’s verdict came after a tedious review of the “sources, tradecraft, and analytic work underpinning” a January 2017 intelligence community assessment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency’s disagreement with the National Security Association over whether the Russian Federation sought to strengthen the Trump presidential campaign was “reasonable,” the report entailed.
The disagreement among the agencies “was reasonable, transparent, and openly debated among the agencies and analysts, with analysts, managers and agency heads on both sides of the confidence level articulately justifying their positions,” according to the intelligence committee.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the panel’s review was ongoing.
“The committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the intelligence community assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Burr stated.
“The committee continues its investigation, and I am hopeful that this installment of the committee’s work will soon be followed by additional summaries providing the American people with clarity around Russia’s activities regarding U.S. elections,” Burr added.
Whether the Russian Government sought to meddle in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump triumph has been a key point of dispute between House and Senate intelligence committees.
GOP members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have disputed the conclusion that Vladimir Putin wanted to help Trump.
The Republicans of the House panel have specified “significant intelligence tradecraft failings” in the intelligence community’s report, saying it is inappropriate to conclude that Russia acted specifically to assist Trump.
“We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.”
– Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
Accusations of political bias at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and FBI have disturbed the District of Columbia, with many Republicans accusing investigators of targeting the White House solely for political reasons.
Some Republicans, however, believe Russia was in fact trying to assist Trump in the election. In a statement earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said it was “clear based on the evidence” that Putin wanted Clinton to lose in the election.
Other top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have signaled that they agree that Russians wanted Clinton to lose by opting to interfere via false political advertising and alleged voter hacking.
The report comes two weeks before the President of the United States is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.