A new analysis suggests the United States intelligence community may have violated the rules of tradecraft in coming to its conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.
As noted by Byron York in the Washington Examiner, Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee inferred that there was an inconsistency in how the Russia narrative was discussed among officials.
The lawmakers released a "Summary Table of Findings" in regards to their Russia investigation this week. Among the many findings and recommendations are these two passages:
- "Finding #15: The majority of the Intelligence Community Assessment judgments on Russia's election activities employed proper analytic tradecraft."
- "Finding #16: The Intelligence Community Assessment judgments on Putin's strategic intentions did not employ proper analytic tradecraft."
What this could mean, as York noted, is that the lawmakers may think the intelligence community somehow botched their investigation in which they ruled that Putin ordered his government to meddle in the U.S. election.
York supported that argument by including statements from the intelligence community dated Oct. 7, 2016 and Jan. 6, 2017. The second statement said definitively that Putin ordered the meddling.
That, according to York, is telling because the FBI and the CIA reportedly had different opinions of Russia's level of election influence, according to a December 2016 story in The Washington Post. The contrasting views came out during a hearing with the House Intelligence Committee.
The FBI changed its tune a month after that meeting, and York questions why the bureau did that.
"The situation is murky, and it is impossible to know the real story," York wrote. "In any event, there is more, apparently, left to learn."
The Republican members of the House Intelligence Community concluded that President Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to win the election. The Senate Intelligence Committee is still conducting its own investigation, as is special counsel Robert Mueller at the Department of Justice.
A recent report, however, suggested that Mueller's probe may be focusing less on collusion and more on whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.
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