23 Apr 2020 18:38

U.S. Senate Intel Committee report on Russian meddling in U.S. election baseless - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. April 23 (Interfax) - Moscow sees the latest report from the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence alleging that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as baseless, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"Obviously, these paranoid insinuations, which aren't supported by a single fact, are a product of domestic politics in the U.S.," Zakharova said at a press briefing on Thursday.

By releasing such documents, U.S. policymakers "are attempting to give themselves a boost in a new election race using an anti-Russian campaign," she said.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday supported conclusions by the U.S. intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

The report, drawn up by a special commission led by Sen. Richard Burr, said that it found no reasons to question the findings by the U.S. intelligence community.

The document claims that the Russian leadership "approved and directed aspects of this influence campaign." The commission also said the U.S. intelligence community provided enough evidence indicating that, during this meddling campaign, Russia "sought to denigrate then-candidate [Hillary] Clinton" and "demonstrated a preference for candidate [Donald] Trump."