Trey Gowdy breaks with fellow House Intel Republicans, believes Russians tried to undermine Hillary Clinton

Source: Washington Examiner | March 13, 2018 | Diana Stancy Correll

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., disagrees with his fellow Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in their conclusion that there is no evidence that Russians attempted to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and assist President Trump in the 2016 election.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who spearheaded the panel’s Russia investigation, said Monday Republicans on the panel believe Russians meddled in the 2016 election, but disagreed with a past U.S. intelligence report that claimed Russian nationals actively sought to help Trump.

“The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in ’16, and we think they will do that in the future,” Conaway said, adding, “We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.”

But Gowdy, who is not running for re-election in November, said that it was “clear, based on the evidence, Russia had disdain for Secretary Clinton and was motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her presidency had she prevailed.”

Gowdy’s assessment aligns with that of a January 2017 U.S. intelligence assessment which determined with “high confidence” Russian President Vladimir Putin approved an “influence campaign” during the 2016 election that would assist Trump and hurt Clinton.

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