Last month, the House Intelligence Committee released its findings regarding the Trump-Russia investigation. The committee found”no evidence” that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
The summary that was released said that the committee did with a number of the intelligence community’s prior judgments on the matter, “except with respect to Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump.”
Trump immediately attempted to capitalize on that detail of he House committee’s findings via twitter:
House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia. As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies. There should never have been a Special Counsel appointed. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
But now, the Senate has released its own report, in which its committee found that Russia did in fact interfere with the 2016 presidential election, in order to benefit then-candidate Donald Trump.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and senior Democrat, Mark Warner, issued a joint statement which reads, in part:
“There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.”
The Senate Intelligence report’s finding were very much in line with the general conclusion of the US intelligence community.
Burr further stated that:
“Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions. There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.”
So far, the House Intelligence Committee is the only “internal investigation” to break with U.S. Intelligence on this. And, of course, the HIC is chaired by presidential lapdog, Devin Nunes.