Say, what’s the difference between the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee?
Other than that, in delivering a statement on Wednesday, Senate Intel leadership backed up the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community.
“We see no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a statement.
“There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.”
The Senate Intel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is still ongoing, but for the past few months, they’ve been going over the January 2017 assessment put together by top intelligence community officials.
So what were the exact points of that particular assessment:
The assessment found that Russia sought to interfere in the election for three reasons: to undermine U.S. democracy, to damage Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and to help Trump win the White House.
Top intelligence officials met for a review behind closed doors with committee members on Wednesday, before Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) made their statement to the public.
“After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the [intelligence community assessment] conclusions were accurate and on point,” Warner said. “The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.”
When the House Intelligence Committee delivered their conclusions, it was pretty much the opposite.
Russia was not out to get Donald Trump elected.
That’s about as opposite as the findings can be. Weren’t they talking to the same people and privy to the same information?
However, some Republicans on the House Intelligence panel signaled disagreement with some of the final conclusions. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in March that it was “clear, based on the evidence, Russia had disdain for Secretary Clinton and was motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”
Senate Intel is expected to formally wrap up their probe in August.
The Senate panel has already released its initial findings on Russian cyberattacks against U.S. voting infrastructure, finding that Moscow conducted an “unprecedented, coordinated cyber campaign” against the nation’s digital election systems.
Those meeting on Wednesday with Senate Intel were former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Former FBI Director James Comey was also invited, but declined, due to a conflict in his schedule.