Russia meddled with goal of helping Trump, Senate Intel Committee says

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is a member of committee.
Russian president Vladimir Putin. (The Associated Press)
Russian president Vladimir Putin. (The Associated Press)
Published May 16, 2018|Updated May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the goal of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is a member of the committee (who as a presidential candidate was targeted by Russian trolls and faced a hacking attempt).

"The Senate Intelligence Committee investigation confirmed what I have consistently said since the fall of 2016, that Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We should expect his efforts to continue in 2018 and beyond," Rubio said in a statement.

The conclusion comes after a long investigation and contradicts the House Intelligence Committee, while affirming what the broader U.S. intelligence community had found.

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