The Senate Intelligence committee on Thursday released its findings into Russian election meddling in its report to the public, setting off a firestorm of criticism that the panel’s investigators failed to disclose important information to the American public.
The report also raised questions about the impartiality of the panel, with a former intelligence official testifying that some members of the committee were involved in partisan attacks against Trump.
“The committee’s investigation was conducted by and for the Democratic Party,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the panel vice chairman.
“Its purpose was to damage the President’s administration.”
Trump on Thursday morning tweeted a scathing rebuke of the investigation, accusing the panel of “hiding the truth.”
“The Fake News Media has been leaking to Congress all the info it knows about this investigation for many months.
But they still won’t tell the American people the truth,” Trump wrote.
“This is the biggest scam in American history.”
Warner said in a statement that the report did not disclose significant new information.
“While the panel did not reveal any new information, the committee did reveal a number of things that would have been of interest to the general public,” Warner said.
“We believe that the committee’s work was based on sound and credible information.
“As we’ve seen time and time again, the mainstream media is an integral part of the intelligence community, and the report makes clear that the mainstream press is a part of that intelligence community. “
“Given the current climate, it’s important that we get this information out into the public and to the news media so that we can get the truth out to the people. “
This report does that.” “
Given the current climate, it’s important that we get this information out into the public and to the news media so that we can get the truth out to the people.
This report does that.”
The House Intelligence Committee’s report is due to be released on Friday, and there’s already speculation that the full committee may hold a closed-door hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., released a statement saying that he would hold a full, open, and honest investigation into Russian interference, but that it was the committee that decided on what to release to the press and which information to include.
“If the Senate and House Intelligence Committees want to share information, they should be transparent with the American citizenry and let the American Intelligence Community get the information it needs to fully investigate and hold accountable the Russian Government for this attack on our democracy,” Burr said.