Though the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced just days later that there were no classified emails found and that it would not change the conclusion that Clinton committed no crime, Nate Silver believes that the damage was done.
"What we have seen the Russians do is an attempt to manipulate. public confidence on both sides", she said. "But I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment".
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently announced that they agreed with the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian Federation.
So far, she said, the department has not seen evidence that Russian Federation is trying to meddle in any particular races this year. "I think what they are trying to do is to disrupt our belief and our own understanding of what's happening". Nielsen told reporters today that she has never read the publicly available 25-page report on election meddling written by the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and distributed by the Director of National Intelligence last January.
U.S. condemns Russia's construction of Crimean bridge
State Department said in a statement that the bridge was built and launched "without the permission of the government of Ukraine". Russian media have documented Putin's close involvement in the project at length.
The House intelligence committee reported last month that though Russian Federation did interfere in the United States election and wanted to hamper the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, it had not seen evidence the interference was meant to help Trump.
Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said after the briefing that members were concerned that "not only Russian Federation but possibly other foreign adversaries are now going to start looking at how they can meddle in the midterm elections and we need to be prepared. All three agencies agree with this judgment", it added. "Russian goals included undermining faith in the US democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency". As Clapper notes, Trump has remained "aggressively indifferent" to the news, and then fact, of Russia's interference.
"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", it states.
Robert Mueller, then Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and James Clapper, then director of national intelligence (from left), testify during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2013.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to answer questions about whether he agreed with the 2017 intelligence community assessment.