WASHINGTONThe Senate Intelligence Committee has determined that the U.S. intelligence community was correct in assessing that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the aim of helping then-candidate Donald Trump, contradicting findings House Republicans reached last month."We see no reason to dispute the [intelligence community's] conclusions," the committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Wednesday in a joint statement with its vice chair, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who added: "Our staff concluded that the ... conclusions were accurate and on point.The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton."This marks the second of four interim findings the intelligence committee has said it will publicize before tackling the more consequential question of whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russia to influence the election's outcome, allegations the … [Read more...] about Russia favored Trump in 2016 election, Senate Intelligence Committee reports
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Desmond Butler and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Updated 12:43 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018 Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to journalists in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Veselnitskaya, who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. at a Trump Tower meeting during the 2016 campaign recently met U.S. Senate investigators in Berlin, a person familiar with the interview told The Associated Press. less FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to journalists in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Veselnitskaya, who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump ... more Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP Senate panel talks to Russian lawyer … [Read more...] about Senate panel talks to Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.
U.S. legislation may be needed to require social media companies to disclose more about how their platforms are used for political advertising, a senior Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday, after new signs of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. FILE PHOTO - A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration photo May 13, 2015. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that an operation likely based in Russia had placed thousands of U.S. ads with polarizing views on topics such as immigration, race and gay rights on the site during a two-year period through May 2017. The world’s largest social network was already under fire for how little transparency it provides about digital political ads. Voters, researchers and journalists cannot see many of the ads politicians and interest groups run on Facebook to target … [Read more...] about U.S. may need new law to address Russian ad buys on Facebook: senator
In matters of style, McConnell and Trump are a study in contrasts. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, says he could live without the drama surrounding President Donald Trump's White House, but from a policy standpoint sees the new commander-in-chief as a solid ally in the mode of any president from his party. McConnell told Reuters that he finds Trump accessible and that they talk regularly, even more frequently than he spoke to the last Republican president, George W. Bush. While McConnell would not discuss the substance of their conversations, he said the two are able to be frank with one another without it damaging their relationship. “We have a good relationship. He’s never, as far as I can tell, gotten angry at me - in my presence, anyway. We have a good working relationship,” McConnell said during a roundtable with Reuters reporters on Wednesday. McConnell, who last week said he hoped to see "less drama" from the White House, said … [Read more...] about Hate the tweets, love the agenda: U.S. Senate’s McConnell on Trump
The US Senate Intelligence Committee will send President Barack Obama a classified report on CIA interrogation tactics that uncovers "startling details" about a program kept secret for years, the Democratic leader of the panel said. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said in a statement yesterday the report documents the program the Central Intelligence Agency developed in 2002, under George W. Bush's administration, to detain and question high-value terrorism suspects. The CIA used so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, including simulated drowning known as waterboarding, that critics such as the American Civil Liberties Union have called torture. Obama signed an executive order in 2009 ending the program. "The report uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight," Feinstein said after her panel voted 9-6 to approve it. She declined to discuss the details while the … [Read more...] about CIA interrogations documented in report by Senate panel