A declassified report released Friday by the U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The report accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering an “influence campaign” in order to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.
From the report:
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the report said.
“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations,” the report continued.
The intelligence report says it has “high confidence” in the findings.
The full report can be viewed here.
H/T: Fox News
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