Senate panel releases report on Russian election interference. The Senate Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited final volume of its investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference on Monday, marking the conclusion of what was held up as the last and arguably only bipartisan congressional investigation into the matter.
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The fifth chapter, parts of which were altered, spans nearly 1,000 pages and deals with counterintelligence concerns stemming from potential links and interactions between Moscow and the 2016 US campaigns. The committee details extensive contact between Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian intelligence operative, and portrays the Trump campaign as willing and eager to “maximize the impact” of stolen material released by WikiLeaks.
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Senate panel report on Russian interference in 2016 US elections
In a statement, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the committee’s acting chairman, said investigators “found absolutely no evidence” that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Russians, but said the committee did find “irrefutable evidence of Russian meddling.”
Trump campaign’s extensive contact with Russian operatives
Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s vice chairman, noted in a statement that the report details “a breathtaking level of contacts between Trump officials and Russian government operatives that is a very real counterintelligence threat to our elections.”
“This cannot happen again,” the Virginia Democrat said. “As we head into the heat of the 2020 campaign season, I strongly urge campaigns, the executive branch, Congress, and the American people to heed the lessons of this report in order to protect our democracy.”