Russia interfered in the United States' 2016 presidential election with the intention of helping President Donald Trump and hurting his opponent Hillary Clinton, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. 'The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,' Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, said. The findings depart from the House Intelligence Committee's report last month, which implied that Russia's goal was more to sow discord than specifically aid Trump.
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