Earlier today, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced that they had ended the committee’s probe into Russian election interference, stating that they’d release a report showing there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. On top of the “no collusion” conclusion, the GOP members of the committee are also going to state that there is no evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin favored Donald Trump during the 2016 election, contradicting the assessment of the intelligence community.
Appearing on CNN this evening, a Republican member of the House Intel Committee not only stood by the committee’s claim that Russians didn’t want to help Trump, he also took some shots at the CIA in the process.
After anchor Anderson Cooper pointed out that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats rejected the idea that Russia didn’t prefer Trump as a candidate, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said his own reading of the “raw intelligence” shows something different.
“Reading what we were basing this on and when we release that report, we will show the CIA just got it wrong just like they did in the Gulf War where they said there were weapons of mass destruction that we did not find,” the GOP congressman declared.
He continued, “The CIA is not perfect. They will from time to time will make mistakes. We will show the people they were wrong on this. They misinterpreted some key intelligence and drew the wrong conclusions.”
Cooper said if that was the case, wouldn’t this represent a “massive failure of US intelligence since the whole community assessed Russia interfered to help Trump.
Stewart said it wasn’t true that all the intelligence agencies agreed on that before suggesting that DNI Coats didn’t actually review the raw intelligence as closely as members of the House Intel Committee.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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