WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered “an influence campaign” in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election with the goal of undermining the democratic process and denigrating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a new, declassified intelligence report said on Friday.
“We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the report said.
“We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him,” it said.
(Reporting by Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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