The Raw Data
Unspun and unbiased. These are the facts.
On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said it had completed a draft report and released a one-page summary. Among other things, the report describes “Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016 and their use of social media to sow discord.” It found “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
The full 150-page draft report analyzes: alleged Russian measures “targeting” the U.S. election; the U.S. government response; alleged links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns; and supposed disclosures of classified information. According to the summary, the report includes findings from the committee’s investigation and recommendations for Congress and the executive branch.
The report contains more than 40 findings describing:
- A “pattern of Russian attacks” on America’s European allies
- A “lackluster pre-election response to Russian active measures”
- Agreement with the U.S. Intelligence Community’s assessments, except for “Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump”
- Finding “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians”
- An outline of how “anti-Trump research” was sent to Hillary Clinton’s campaign from “Russian sources”
- Alleged contacts between senior intelligence community officials and the media, which are described as “problematic.”
The report includes more than 25 recommendations that aim to improve:
- Election “security,” including vote tally protections
- Giving “support” to European allies
- Government response to “cyber-attacks”
- Campaign finance transparency
- “Counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.”
The report is scheduled to be shared with committee Democrats on Tuesday, and would need to be adopted by them in order to be submitted for a declassification review. It would then need to pass review before a full declassified version could be made available to the public.
Other investigations into alleged Russian interference are ongoing, including the criminal inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller, an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Responses to draft report
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Ca.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said:
“By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly.”
The draft report has not yet been shared with the Democrat committee members.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump wrote:
“THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.”