The Wall Street Journal: Russia worked to help Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee concludes

WASHINGTON — A Republican-led Senate committee backed U.S. intelligence agencies’ finding that Moscow attempted to boost Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, breaking with a GOP-led House panel that examined the same material.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s conclusion on the January 2017 intelligence finding was made public on Wednesday after a closed-door hearing with former intelligence chiefs and is part of the committee’s continuing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The panel is expected to release a more detailed evaluation in the coming weeks.

The assessment reached by the Senate panel after 14 months of work affirms one of the most explosive findings of the intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama and gives bipartisan support to the conclusion that Russia waged a campaign of disinformation and hacking aimed at helping Trump.

“The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the Intelligence Community’s work on this important piece of analysis. Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R., N.C.) said in a statement.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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