U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., August 5, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/Pool via REUTERS

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Trump expected and received help from Russia in the 2016 election, with his campaign’s interactions with the Kremlin posing a “grave” counterintelligence threat, a bipartisan Senate panel concluded.

The report produced what the committee called “the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed.” The investigation spanned more than three years as the panel’s leaders said they wanted to thoroughly document the unprecedented attack on U.S. elections. The report echoes special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and appears to repudiate President Trump’s claim that the Russia probe was simply a “hoax.”

The Senate investigation, however, aimed to ensure that interference wouldn’t happen again, which led to the report ending with Democratic and Republican views on what really happened. Republicans said there was “no doubt” about the lack of collusion, while Democrats said the report was “what collusion looked like.”

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US Senate report goes beyond Mueller to lay bare Trump campaign’s Russia links – The Guardian – 8/18/2020
A report by the Senate intelligence committee provides a treasure trove of new details about Donald Trump’s relationship with Moscow. The report runs to nearly 1,000 pages and goes further than last year’s investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. It lays out a stunning web of contacts between Trump, his top election aides and Russian government officials, in the months leading up to the 2016 election.

Bipartisan Senate committee strongly implies Trump lied to Mueller – The Week – 8/18/2020
The bipartisan Senate investigation did not find any evidence that Trump or his presidential campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election, but there is some language in the report implying the president may have twisted the truth.

No collusion in 2016 between Trump campaign and Russia: Senate Intelligence Committee report – The Washington Times – 8/18/2020
Trump’s 2020 campaign was quick to jump on the report’s findings, calling the Russia collusion allegations “the greatest political scandal in the history of this country.”

Senate report describes 2016 Trump campaign eager to take Russian help – NBC News – 8/18/2020
In a thousand-page bipartisan report released Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee painted a stark portrait of a Trump campaign eager to accept help from a foreign power in 2016, and a candidate closely involved in the effort.

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