US media is reporting on a new Senate bipartisan report detailing the results of an investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 US elections. According to the ABC News report, the panel concluded that Russian President Putin ordered the hacking and disinformation effort by the Russians:
A new bipartisan report released by a Senate panel Tuesday outlines perhaps the most detailed accounting to date of Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election while accusing the White House and others close to President Donald Trump of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into whether the president’s campaign simply benefited or sought to aid Russia’s efforts. The nearly‑1,000 page report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, its fifth and final examination of a years-long effort to probe Russian meddling in 2016, describes several episodes in which Trump and members of his campaign were keen to accept Russia’s help — and in some instances goes further than even former special counsel Robert Mueller in detailing ties between the campaign and Russian individuals. However, like Mueller’s report released last year, the Senate committee does not allege any criminal conspiracy between Trump or members of his campaign and Russia. And in agreement with the intelligence community’s 2017 assessment on Russia’s interference, the report states definitively that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered the Russian effort to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Hillary Clinton and her campaign for president.” While the report was bipartisan in nature, upon its release both Republicans and Democrats quickly split in their determination of what the committee’s key findings were. An index authored by Democrats on the committee argued the report “unambiguously shows that members of the Trump Campaign cooperated with Russian efforts to get Trump elected.” The committee’s Republicans, on the other hand, said in a separate statement that “after more than three years of investigation by this Committee, we can now say with no doubt, there was no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported earlier that according to US Intelligence, Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian influence operation directed against the campaign of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.