President Trump’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said Tuesday at his confirmation hearing that while Russia continues to sow discord they have not been successful in changing votes or the outcome of an election.
SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA), SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE: Okay. Again, our goal is to get it up before August. Again, following up on the chairman’s comments, and we talked about this in person, but I want for the committee and for the public record, you’ve indicated that you do believe that Russia interfered. What this committee’s judgment was, particularly on volume 4, but throughout all volumes, was that not only did Russia interfere, but during their interference in 2016 had a–they had a selected candidate they were for and a selected candidate they were against. For candidate Trump, against candidate Clinton. Have you had a chance to review our documents, and have you reached a similar conclusion, a conclusion that actually reinforces the unanimous conclusion of the intelligence community assessment, or can you comment on our volume 4? REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE (R-TX), NOMINEE FOR DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Yeah, Senator, I very much appreciate the bipartisan approach in which this committee addressed that issue. I did have a chance to review volume 4, which I know confirms the IC assessment. I have no reason to dispute the committee’s findings. I will say that I have no reason to dispute the committee that I serve on, HPSCI, the House Intelligence Committee’s finding, which is a different perspective with regard to that one issue that you mentioned about a preference for a candidate. I have–I was not on the committee at that time. I have not–I respect both committees–but I have not seen the underlying intelligence to tell me why there is a difference of opinion between the two committees. But I, again, very much appreciate volume 4 and the work that this committee put in. And again, I would reiterate the most important take away from the findings I think of both committees is that as Russia continues to sow discord, that they have not been successful in changing votes or the outcome of an election, and we need to main–remain committed to making sure that that does not happen in the future.