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The Senate Intelligence Committee released a new report on the 2016 election investigation. Here’s what it said

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a new report Tuesday about Russia’s 2016 election interference.

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, right testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe’s nomination for director of national intelligence.
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, right testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe’s nomination for director of national intelligence.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee released a new report Tuesday from a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s alleged 2016 election interference.

Context:

  • The report — done by a Republican-controlled Senate panel — comes after a three-year investigation into whether or not Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
  • More than 200 interviews were conducted for the report, according to CNN.
  • President Donald Trump’s family and campaign officials — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon — were all interviewed for the report, according to CNN.
  • It is the fifth volume that the committee has released.

“The fifth and final volume focuses on the counterintelligence threat, outlining a wide range of Russian efforts to influence the Trump Campaign and the 2016 election. In this volume the Committee lays out its findings in detail by looking at many aspects of the counterintelligence threat posed by the Russian influence operation.” — from the report.

  • Many parts of the full report are redacted.

What did the report find?

  • Paul Manafort — former Trump campaign chairman — worked with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Russian national Konstantin Kilimnik, who was identified as a “Russian intelligence officer” in the report. Manafort “sought to pass sensitive internal polling data and campaign strategy to Kilimnik,” Axios reports.

“Taken as a whole, Manafort’s high level access and willingness to share information with individuals closely affiliated with the Russian intelligence services, particularly Kilimnik and associates of Oleg Deripaska, represented a grave counterintelligence threat.”

  • The report said two people who met at Trump Tower in 2016 with Trump Jr. and Kushner had “significant connections to Russian government, including the Russian intelligence services.”
  • The report said the connections between one of those people, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Russia “were far more extensive and concerning than what had been publicly known.”

The report’s conclusion:

  • According to The New York Times, the report “did not conclude that the Trump campaign engaged in a coordinated conspiracy with the Russian government.”
  • The report said the Trump campaign was “eager to accept help from a foreign power in 2016, and a candidate closely involved in the effort,” according to NBC News.