Senate Intelligence Committee releases final report on Russian interference in 2016

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Washington – A nearly 1,000-page report released Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee documented a wide range of connections and interactions between Russian government agents and members of the 2016 Trump campaign, adding new details and dimensions to the account presented last year by the special advocate. Robert Mueller and raising counterespionage concerns about some Russian efforts that may have persisted into the 2020 election season.Tuesday’s report was the committee’s long-awaited final chapter in its more than three-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, marking the conclusion of what has been seen as the last and arguably the only bipartisan congressional inquiry into the matter. Spanning 966 pages, it concluded, as have other assessments of Russia’s efforts, that Moscow “has engaged in an aggressive and multifaceted effort to influence or attempt to influence the outcome of the Russian Federation. ‘2016 presidential election’.

The report, written in part, details the extensive contacts between the President of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national who has worked closely with Manafort for years. The report called Kilimnik a “Russian intelligence officer” and said that Manafort, for reasons the committee could not determine, had repeatedly sought to “secretly share inside information about the campaign with Kilimnik”. He also said the committee had obtained “information” linking Kilimnik to Russian intelligence efforts to hack and leak information in order to harm Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

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