Declassified intel report says Putin ordered widespread campaign to help Trump

The intelligence report that was promised has been released, and it probably won’t persuade anyone, as people on the left say it’s absolutely proves Putin interference, and the right say nah.

The Hill sums up their findings:

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect Donald Trump, the intelligence community said in a declassified report released Friday afternoon.

“Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] 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 reads.

“We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”

The bombshell document details the intelligence community’s findings but provides little in the way of forensic evidence backing up its assessment, citing the need to protect sources and methods.

“While the conclusions in the report are all reflected in the classified assessment, the declassified report does not and cannot include the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods,” the report reads.

Eric Bolling said on Fox News that there was no “smoking gun” at all in the report, which I’m sure he read carefully as he caressed his Trump blowup doll.

CNN interviewed someone with a lot of experience with Putin interfering with their elections – the former president of Georgia, which Putin invaded under Bush’s last term:

But we trust Putin and the Russians now because… we do, that’s why!!!

Not surprisingly, Trump is now saying the media is on a “witchhunt” against the poor Russians.

UPDATE – Catherine Herridge is a pretty decent reporter, I’d listen to what she says about it:

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