The Russian government used hacks and leaks to try to influence the presidential election, top intelligence officials and senators from both parties "forcefully reaffirmed" at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, reports The New York Times.
"Our assessment now is even more resolute," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in testimony echoed by Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.
The hearing was unusual as much for its context as its content — a public, bipartisan display of support for the intelligence community that seemed aimed, at times, at an audience of one, says the Times.
And intelligence chiefs on Friday will repeat at Trump Tower for that audience of one the same detailed, highly classified briefing on the Russian attacks that President Obama received on Thursday.
In effect, they'll be telling the president-elect that the spy agencies believe he won with an assist from Russian President Putin.
Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Trump’s victory as a geopolitical win for Moscow, The Washington Post reports. (A separate Post story says that at the height of the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bragged about tipping the 1960 presidential election to John Kennedy.)
U.S. officials also have told the Post that intelligence agencies have identified who delivered stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks. And the officials say there were disparities between efforts to infiltrate Democratic and Republican campaign networks.
The intelligence community is to release a public report on the issue next week.