Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the intelligence community’s recent report on Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election:
Read the report here: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf.
“I encourage all Americans to read the unclassified assessment of Russian hacking activity released last week by the U.S. intelligence community. I’ve received classified briefings on this issue and can confidently say that the unclassified report accurately reflects that additional information.
“I’m convinced that Russia not only engaged in cyber attacks against both political parties last year in an effort to influence the presidential election, but that their interference continues today.
“I’ve seen a lot of reports during my 16 years on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the report released on January 6 is among the strongest I’ve read. It covers the motivation and scope of Russia’s actions regarding our elections as well as the cyber tools and media campaigns they used to influence public opinion.
“I believe the Russians had three goals: first to undermine the American public’s faith in our democratic process, second to damage Secretary Clinton’s electability and third to help Donald Trump’s election chances when possible.
“The report goes on to highlight that immediately after Election Day, Russian intelligence began a spearphishing campaign targeting U.S. government employees and individuals associated with think tanks and non-governmental organizations related to national security, defense and foreign policy.
“It should go without saying that foreign interference of any kind in our democratic process is intolerable and must not go unanswered. This issue must not be politicized—all Americans should be outraged at Russia’s actions. And a clear understanding of what they did is an important first step.”