Trump 2016 campaign head colluded with Russian spy: Senate report

Trump 2016 campaign head colluded with Russian spy: Senate report

The report ends on an ominous note, warning that "what happened to the United States in 2016 should be an alarm bell" and "Russia is actively interfering again in the 2020 USA election to assist Donald Trump, and some of the President's associates are amplifying those efforts".

After the almost 1,000 pages of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election came to an end, the committee's Republicans and Democrats offered their views on the evidence surfaced in the years-long investigation.

Similarly to the conclusion of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, the committee found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The investigation spanned more than three years as the panel's leaders said they wanted to be as thorough as possible in documenting the unprecedented attack on United States elections.

Kilimnik, for his part, "likely served as a channel to Manafort for Russian intelligence services, and that those services likely sought to exploit Manafort's access to gain insight into the campaign", the report said.

Mueller found no conclusive evidence of coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in a report released past year.

"We can say, without any hesitation, that the committee found absolutely no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election", he said in a statement.

The report described Trump's former campaign chief as a "grave counterintelligence threat", who worked with Russian operatives before and after the election.

Like Mueller, the committee reviewed a meeting that Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., took in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer he believed to have connections with the Russian government with the goal of receiving information that he expected would be harmful to Clinton.

According to NBC News, the committee sided with Mueller and Stone's prosecution team that the Trump campaign welcomed Russian help in 2016.

The report concludes that the Russians "engaged in an aggressive, multifaceted effort to influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election".

Manafort's offer of internal campaign information to Konstantin Kilimnik - who the report describes as Russian intelligence officer that "may have been connected to the GRU's hack and leak operation" - constituted concerning evidence that Manafort was "directly connected to the Russian meddling", the senators asserted.

The acting GOP chairman of the panel, Florida Sen.

But Rubio's statement brushed over actions by Trump's advisers, as well as the president's own statements to investigators. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) in May. When Yanukovych fled the country following a pro-Western revolution in 2014, Manafort and Kilimnik continued to work with pro-Russian Ukrainian parties and politicians. The report is "not a hoax", King said.

The report says that Manafort passed on campaign information to Kilimnik, but it is not clear what Kilimnik then did with it. Manafort, Kilimnik and their associates took extensive measures to hide and destroy their communications.

Wyden also criticized the committee's failure to investigate Trump's financial interests as they related to counterintelligence.

That the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have been victim to Russian disinformation coming through intelligence sources such as the Trump dossier author Christopher Steele.

Volume 5 of the committee's report, the Republicans concluded, was an "important contribution to the historical record".

The committee found that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind the hack and leak operation that published stolen Democratic Party emails, and that WikiLeaks - the website that published them - played a key role and "very likely knew it was assisting a Russian intelligence influence effort".

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