July 03, 2018

Castro Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee’s Conclusions of Russia Meddling Report

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, today made the following statement on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s conclusions released today on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election:

“Today’s conclusions released by the Senate Intelligence Committee validates the Intelligence Community Assessment, produced by the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that Russia attempted to sow discord and misinformation throughout the 2016 presidential election in an effort to aid Donald Trump’s candidacy and hurt Hillary Clinton. I’m glad that the Senate was able to put partisan politics aside and get their truthful conclusions out to the American people. These conclusions have also been reached by several intelligence and national security officials within the Trump Administration, and the President should also acknowledge these facts.

“I also hope the House Intelligence Committee will rise above politics and release all the transcripts from our investigation. Their conclusions reached last March that Russia did not seek to help Trump win the election or that the Intelligence Community applied loose analytical tradecraft no longer has any ground—and never did from the start—as those who have reviewed the facts have all rejected these absurd assertions. That’s the way forward for our nation and for the American people so we can adequately protect our upcoming elections and broader U.S. national security.”

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