Senate Intelligence Committee confirms Russian Involvement in 2016 Election

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Senate Intelligence Committee

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The Senate Intelligence committee on Wednesday endorsed the findings of the intelligence community that Russia sought to sway the 2016 U.S. elections through a hacking and influence campaign.  Sen. Richard Burr, chair, said at a presser “There is consensus among members and staff that we trust the conclusions of the ICA.”

The North Carolina republican stopped short of saying the Trump team colluded with the Russians saying, “the issue of collusion is still open” he continued, “But we don’t close our consideration of it.” According to the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was behind hackings of the Democratic National Committee and candidate campaign director John Podesta’s email account. 

The issue of collaboration is being held until the committee’s work is completed.  The assumed deadline for eh committee is the start of the primary next year. 

Burr said, “We’ve got to make our facts, as it related to Russia’s involvement in our election, before the primaries getting started in 2018.”  He later added that given the information you can’t assume that Russia is no longer active in U.S. politics.  Many pundits are saying it now makes sense for the Russian parliament to celebrate the Trump victory, because the communist country has skin in American politics. 

The intelligence committee admits to reviewing more than 100,000 documents and interview upwards of 100 people including Trumps inner circle as well as Former President Barack Obama’s inner circle. 

Americans are scratching their heads due to the closed door interviews believing the Trump team owns the group and that this is just a formality.  Google executives are expected to testify before the committee on 1 November publicly. 

Instead of challenging the institution the lawmakers were sworn to protect, they are pointing to social media companies and how they were used to promote and influence the minds of the American people.  The committee has received more the 3,000 advertisements placed by the Russian government. 

Jeremy McBain said last year in an article for the Petoskey News-Review, “Partisanship brings harsh feelings for fellow Americans, it sees fellow citizens as enemies, rather than neighbors. Partisanship brings government inaction or gridlock. Partisanship does not allow good policy to take shape and move through the system to benefit the people. Partisanship hates compromise, a concept that gives birth to sound policy and actions in both government and private life. Partisanship breaks us down rather than builds us up.”

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