Reaching a conclusion in absolute agreement with U.S. intelligence officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday finding that Russia not only interfered in the 2016 election but also demonstrated a clear preference for President Donald Trump and sought to help him win.
The assessment, announced in an unclassified summary released Tuesday, represents a direct repudiation of the committee’s counterpart in the House — and of President Trump himself, who has consistently rejected assertions that Moscow sought to bolster his candidacy through its election interference.
“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,” said Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a statement.
The report described the “intelligence community assessment” (ICA) a “sound intelligence production”.
"A body of reporting, to include different intelligence disciplines, open source reporting on Russian leadership policy preferences, and Russian media content, showed that Moscow sought to denigrate Secretary Clinton," the unclassified summary reads.
The Senate panel’s report included rebuttals to key arguments put forth by defenders of the president, as well as Trump himself.
The report rejected the idea that the ICA was politically motivated, and as for the Steele dossier, the committee contradicted the position of the president’s allies:
[T]he Senate panel also found that a piece of Democratic-funded opposition research known as the Steele dossier did not "in any way inform the analysis in the ICA — including the key findings."
This was "because it was unverified information and had not been disseminated as serialized intelligence reporting," the Senate report found.