GOP-Led Senate Intelligence Committee Unanimously Finds No Political Bias In Russia Investigation
A three-year review by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously found Tuesday that the intelligence community’s original report that Russia interfered in the 2016 election was factually accurate and did not stem from political bias.
President Donald Trump had repeatedly lambasted the charge that Russia meddled in the election as a partisan excuse and the work of the “deep state” to undermine his presidency, but the latest report contradicts his claim.
“The I.C.A. reflects strong tradecraft, sound analytical reasoning and proper justification of disagreement in the one analytical line where it occurred,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and the panel’s chairman. “The committee found no reason to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusions.”
The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found evidence of election interference by the Russians, but could not prove that Trump or his campaign had colluded with foreign intelligence officials — a finding that will likely be echoed in the committee’s final bipartisan installment of their investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller’s investigation led to larger inquiries and a counter-investigation effort by Trump to discredit the report.
Burr’s committee has a final report draft that is more than 900 pages long, but it has not been submitted for review by intelligence agencies.
The Intelligence Committee report centers on whether or not the agencies’ investigations were thorough and objective, despite being conducted in a compressed time frame to be completed before Obama left office. The Republican-led review confirmed that there were no political motivations shaping the investigations.