BREAKING: In a thousand-page bipartisan report, US Senate Intel Cmte. says the Trump admin. obstructed its investigation with "novel claims" of executive privilege, and paints portrait of a Trump campaign eager to accept help from a foreign power in 2016. https://t.co/BfpgoOGJvX
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 18, 2020
I’m sure better-informed front pagers will be covering this, but… Looks to me like the Repub-dominated Intel Committee used the cover of the Democratic National Convention to dump their ‘fifth & final’ report on 2016’s GRU/Trump crime cartel fvckery when they hoped it wouldn’t get much notice.
Here’s a whole bunch of news sources agreeing, yep, looks like all those high crimes averred by the Democrats actually happened!
A nearly 1,000-page report by a Senate intelligence panel concludes that Russia used former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Wikileaks and others to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump https://t.co/0AEETMq35S pic.twitter.com/KixuO9ffwN
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 19, 2020
Senate report on Russia blows a hole in Trump’s ‘hoax’ claims https://t.co/5u6bacGcew
— Quin Hillyer (@QuinHillyer) August 18, 2020
The Washington Examiner is quite a conservative / right-wing outlet, but even they aren’t trying to whitewash this:
A new, bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee confirms, unambiguously, that the Justice Department had good reason to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. It also indicates that investigators were right to examine potential conspiracy with the Kremlin by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Again, this is a bipartisan report, not a partisan Democratic attack document. It is endorsed by Republican committee chairman (on leave), Richard Burr of North Carolina, by acting Chairman Marco Rubio of Florida, and by all other Republicans on the committee in addition to the committee Democrats.
The very first substantive words of the report say this: “The Committee found that the Russian government engaged in an aggressive, multi-faceted effort to influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”
The report “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,” with special attention on the multitudinous Russian connections of Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who for more than a decade had conducted “influence operations” on behalf of a major Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska.
Also, “Manafort hired and worked increasingly closely with a Russian national, Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik is a Russian intelligence officer.” And: “[C]ontinuing throughout his time in the Campaign, Manafort directly and indirectly communicated with Kilimnik, Deripaska, and the pro-Russian oligarchs in Ukraine. On numerous occasions, Manafort sought to secretly share internal Campaign information with Kilimnik.”
That’s just from the report’s initial summary. The report contains 952 pages of evidence and analysis showing that these Russian efforts were a serious intelligence threat. Moreover, several Trump officials were at least somewhat aware of, and quite open to, the Russian help, even if not criminally “conspiring” with the Russians…
"The Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis to federal prosecutors in 2019” https://t.co/MRsgRiBaaP
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) August 18, 2020
Statute of limitations for a violation of 18 USC 1001 is five years. https://t.co/6N6U9Fd1L6
— Mieke Eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) August 18, 2020
3 things happened that day in October:
1. The Obama admin made its first public intelligence assessment about Russian election interference
2. The Washington Post published the Access Hollywood tape/story
3. Roger Stone arranged for Wikileaks to start dropping Podesta's emails https://t.co/SDKphWwsBc
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 18, 2020
Bipartisan Senate report shows extensive evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia https://t.co/3h9xXAXIlE
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 18, 2020
It is so disturbing and hard to comprehend that Bill Barr is trying to undo the Russia investigations and pretend there was nothing that merited investigation. https://t.co/i0IRd2pqDg
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) August 18, 2020
Trump campaign Russia contacts were 'grave threat', says Senate report https://t.co/mCHfKX3HD6
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 19, 2020
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 18, 2020
Bipartisan Senate report: Russia undertook an extensive campaign to sabotage the 2016 election to help Trump become president and some members of his circle of advisers were open to the help from a US adversary. ?@MarkMazzettiNYT? ?@npfandos? https://t.co/icW1xGKlmo
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) August 18, 2020
Christ. As I've noted previously, this was also the EXACT SAME DAY that the Obama administration put out its first major warning that Russia was trying to influence the election https://t.co/mcXn3XdYMO https://t.co/NNrYZTXuSM
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) August 18, 2020
The Senate Intelligence Committee found that Trump spoke to Stone about WikiLeaks, despite telling the special counsel in written answers he had "no recollections" that they had spoken about it via @CNN. https://t.co/8B42DTQz30
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) August 18, 2020
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) August 18, 2020
Footnote for the ages in the new Senate report (p. 256): pic.twitter.com/j5gKBr6YPu
— Charles Homans (@chashomans) August 18, 2020