Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review


The Intelligence Community (IC) recently returned the latest volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russian Interference Report to the Panel of Experts after performing a declassification review, meaning the much-anticipated report could be released. public within weeks, The Hill learned.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) referred the fifth volume of the committee’s report on Russia, which focuses on its counter-intelligence findings, to the panel last week, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The Panel and ODNI are expected to go through a process of reviewing the redactions carried out by the IC, meaning it will likely be weeks before the declassified version of the report is made public. .

Chairman of the Intelligence Committee at the time Richard BurrRichard Mauze-backed group BurrKoch urges Senate to oppose ‘rescue’ of states in new ads Biden campaign adds staff in three battlefield states Exclusive investigation into the coronavirus pandemic: where was Congress? MORE (RN.C.) and vice-president Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Senior Intelligence Officer Warns Russia, Iran, China Against Elections | Trump says he ‘often’ regrets his tweets | Tech CEO hearing postponed for John Lewis services Democrats say intel assessment on foreign electoral inference does not go “far enough” Hillicon Valley: Authorities warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring the subscription service | Bill would give subpoena power to DHS PLUS cyber agencies (D-Va.) – leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that led the bipartisan investigation – sent the report to ODNI in mid-May and asked the director of national intelligence. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Federal government warns hackers about critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring the subscription service | Bill would give DHS a subpoena for the cyber agencies. Intelligence Community Deploys Guidelines for Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Hillicon Valley: Twitter Bans Thousands of QAnon Accounts | Biparty support rises for election funds in Senate stimulus bill | Senate committee introduces bill to ban TikTok from federal devices READ MORE conduct a rapid declassification review.

The release of the report will end the expert panel’s in-depth investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate committee launched its bipartisan inquiry in January 2017, and it quickly became one of the most publicized congressional inquiries in recent years. He was looking to determine whether members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia during the heated presidential race.

Unlike the House Intelligence Committee’s parallel investigation into Russia, the Senate panel was able to work in a largely bipartisan and non-acrimonious fashion. Yet the investigation has cast a shadow over the White House and has occasionally faced attacks from President TrumpDonald John Trump Biden to pay homage to Lewis on Capitol Hill on Monday Cotton called for remarks on slavery in congressional criticism of Project 1619 slated for messy COVID-19 talks under tight deadline MORE and its allies.

This report will follow four previous volumes the committee has already released, which focused on US election security, Russia’s disinformation campaign on social media platforms, the Obama administration’s reaction to Russian interference and, more most recently, the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment.

A day before the committee announced the classification of the final volume, Burr announced that he was temporarily stepping down from his post as chairman of the Senate committee amid a federal investigation into the stock trades he started early. of the coronavirus epidemic.

Burr said in a statement that the group’s work was “too important to risk hindering it in any way. ”

His. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio Congress ready for messy COVID-19 talks on tight deadline McConnell and Rubio defend senior intelligence official for remarks on election interference GOP senators push for stimulus checks to nearly 2 million Americans excluded PLUS (R-Fla.) Acts as interim chair of the panel.

Rubio’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Warner’s office declined to comment.

The publication of volume five will conclude the latest ongoing investigation into the 2016 election. He follows the former special advocate Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in a “perilous state” with emboldened Trump CNN anchor tearing Trump apart on Stone while bringing up Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting the 12:30 p.m. report from Hill: Fallout from the New Hampshire MOREthe investigation that ended last year and the House Intelligence Committee investigation that ended in 2018.

Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that members of the Trump campaign coordinated or conspired with Russia in the 2016 election, but he did not determine whether Trump was obstructing justice anyway.

The special adviser’s report also detailed in detail the multi-year attacks carried out by Russia to sow discord in the United States through cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns.

The conclusion of the Senate committee’s investigation comes as security officials and experts warn that Russia will likely seek to interfere in the next presidential election – as well as in other countries.

“I am convinced that many countries will do their best to have an impact on our elections,” said Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo United States, China jockey for advantage in space race Pompeo’s bugle call to Communist China: “We can no longer ignore it” Pompeo’s speech on China is in contradiction with Trump’s America First foreign policy MORE said earlier this month, at a virtual event hosted by The Hill.

This time, however, Pompeo and other officials are projecting confidence that they are working to ensure election security.

“Foreign efforts to interfere in the US election is something we have to constantly struggle with,” Pompeo added.

“The American people must be assured that whether it is Chinese interference, Iranian interference, Russian interference or North Korean interference, any country, or even non-state actors who now have the capacity to try to meddle in our elections, know that this administration takes its responsibility seriously to ensure that every American vote is counted, counted correctly, and that foreign influence is minimized, ”Pompeo said.


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