Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released on Friday a 253 page report into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, as the GOP said the evidence clearly showed Russian cyberattacks and disinformation efforts, but no collusion between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Moscow.
The GOP panel though faulted certain actions by the Trump Campaign, which raised questions about possible ties with Russia.
“For example, the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign demonstrated poor judgement,” Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee wrote.
“The Committee also found the Trump campaign’s periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks – a hostile foreign organization – to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with U.S. national security interests,” the committee’s report concluded.
“Wikileaks played a key role in Russia’s malign influence campaign and served as a third party intermediary for Russian intelligence during the period leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the GOP report stated.
The report also criticized Democrats for their opposition research efforts which culminated in the production of what is known as the “Steele Dossier,” an intelligence review of Mr. Trump by a former British intelligence agent, which has stirred controversy since it became public in January of 2017.