A United States Senate panel probing Russian impedance in the 2016 elections has reasserted a determination by the American intelligence community that Moscow intervened in the polls to harm Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, in a summary of its findings released on Tuesday, also concluded that the meddling was conducted on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The committee said Russia had interfered in the 2016 elections, the “influence campaign was approved by President Putin” and that the goal was to “denigrate secretary (of state) Clinton” and that “Putin and the Russian government (had) developed a clear preference for Trump”.
“Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” Trump tweeted late last month.
It called the assessment “a sound intelligence product” written by analysts who were under “no politically motivated pressure” and were “free to debate, object to the content, and assess confidence levels, as is normal and proper”.