The Committee of Intelligence of the Senate, of republican majority, maintains that Russia interfered in the presidential elections of 2016 with the purpose to favor the victory of Donald Trump , a thesis that aligns with the one of the services of intelligence of the United States but that collides with what was raised just two months ago by the Republicans of the other House of Congress, that of Representatives.
In that committee, the conservatives issued their own report – without the support of the Democrats – in which they exonerated the Republican president of any connotations with the Kremlin and, furthermore, rejected the idea that Moscow’s goal was to help the New Yorker get to the White House.
The statement released this Wednesday by the other committee, however, has support from both parties.
It is not the final report of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian electoral interference, but its conclusions are clear.
Trump has downplayed the assertion of the intelligence services about Moscow’s efforts to help him become president, has denied any coordination with Russia and has said to suffer a “witch-hunt”.
THEY CONCUR: Senate Intelligence Committee agrees with intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump
This contradicts Republicans on House Intelligence Committee
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) 16 May 2018
“Our staff has concluded that the findings [of the intelligence services] were accurate and correct,” said Senate committee vice president Mark R. Warner in a joint statement with the president, Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
On March 12th, however, Representative Michael Conaway, in charge of supervising the investigation of the Russian plot in the House of Representatives, rejected the Trump support theory. “We do not agree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump,” he told reporters, adding that no “evidence of collusion” had been found.
The intelligence services took for granted in their report partially released in early 2017 that the government of Vladimir Putin had tried to help the Republican to win the election to the detriment of Hillary Clinton.
To carry out this interference, they conducted cyber attacks, disseminated private emails from the Democrats and toxic propaganda for the former Secretary of State, according to their conclusions.
Whether or not there was any collaboration in this stratagem with the current president’s own circle is still being analyzed.
The investigation of the interference of Moscow in the legislative chambers has developed in parallel to the one initiated almost a year ago by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller , and that tries to clarify if there was said conchabanza between the Kremlin and the circle of Trump.
The investigations also explore whether there was obstruction of justice by the president of the United States, which fueled this suspicion when in May of last year he fired James Comey as director of the FBI, when he was on top of this case.
Comey declared shortly after having felt pressured to quickly settle the matter.