Senate Report Details Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia

Senate Report Details Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia

The Republican-led Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released the fifth and final volume of its report on foreign interference in the 2016 election, detailing Russia’s support of the 2016 Trump campaign, and how the Kremlin took advantage of the Trump transition team’s inexperience to gain access to sensitive information, endangering U.S. security.

“… the report showed extensive evidence of contacts between Trump campaign advisers and people tied to the Kremlin — including a longstanding associate of the onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, whom the report identified as a ‘Russian intelligence officer.

The Senate report was the first time the government has identified Mr. Kilimnik as an intelligence officer — Mr. Mueller’s report had labeled him as someone with ties to Russian intelligence. Most of the details about his intelligence background were blacked out in the Senate report.”

— “G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia,” Mark Mazzetti, New York Times

The bipartisan report also details Russian support of the Trump Campaign through Putin-ordered hacking of DNC computers and data releases thorugh Wikileaks, and possible compromising information the Russians may have on Mr. Trump and women he may have … interacted with during Moscow trips.

Meanwhile, U.S. intellience agencies report that Russia is trying to help Mr. Trump win re-election in 2020.

More:

“Factbox: Key findings from Senate inquiry into Russian interference in 2016 U.S. election,”
Mark Hosenball, Reuters

“Senate report finds Manafort passed campaign data to Russian intelligence officer,” Zachary Basu, Alayna Treene, Axios

“FAQ: Who is Konstantin Kilimnik and why does his name appear 800 times in a Senate report?” David L. Stern, Washington Post

Updates:

“Republican Senators Misrepresent Their Own Russia Report,” Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

“More evidence of Trump’s subservience to Putin — and we still don’t know why,: Max Boot, Washington Post

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