Senate Releases New Report on Russian Interference

person dropping voting ballotThe United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fourth report, Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment,” on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. Led by the Committee Chairman Richard Buss (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), the new volume analyzes highly sensitive sources, tradecraft, and analysis behind the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA). According to ICA findings, Russia conducted “an unprecedented, multi-faceted campaign to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.”

The largely redacted report provides the following key findings:

  • The Committee concludes that the ICA reflects a “coherent and well-constructed intelligence,” whereby all levels of analytic judgement are properly represented and prepared under no political pressure;
  • The Committee finds that the ICA “makes a clear argument” regarding the unprecedented manner and aggressiveness of Russia’s election interference;
  • The Committee acknowledges the lack of policy recommendation for responding to Russia’s interference attempts; and
  • The Committee finds that the ICA “would have benefitted from a more comprehensive look at the role of Russian propaganda generated by state-owned platforms.”

Significantly, as stated by Chairman Burr:

The Committee found no reason to dispute the Intelligence Community’s conclusions.

The Committee has released four out of five reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference. The previous reports covered the U.S. election infrastructure security, Russia’s use of social media, and the U.S. government response to Russian activities.

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