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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday released initial findings from its review of a USA intelligence community assessment produced a year ago that backed its conclusion that the Russian government sought to help Donald Trump win the White House.

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a bipartisan report about the United States intelligence community's January 2017 assessment of Russia's election meddling.

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Since the election, Trump has denied there was Russian influence in the election, despite the intelligence community's findings.

The Senate committee's findings are at odds with the House Intelligence Committee's final report, which faulted the "analytic tradecraft" underlying the ICA's conclusion that Putin's strategic intention was to help Trump win. One of the issues it will investigate is an allegation by former British spy Christopher Steele, that Kremlin has some damaging information on Trump.

The following day, however, he told reporters that he planned to raise the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet on July 16 in Helsinki.

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The issue of American sanctions against Russian Federation is also expected to feature in the Trump-Putin talks, although Trump was non-committal while discussing the issue with the media.

As far as the ICA's conclusion that Putin wanted to help Trump and hurt Clinton, the Senate Intelligence Committee said the document "provided a range of all-source reporting to support these assessments".

The Committee finds that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong.

The House Intelligence Committee has been split along partisan lines, releasing Republican and Democratic versions of various reports.

The committee's report indicates lawmakers also intend to address questions about an explosive "dossier" of allegations about Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties. Trump had said that he could help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington.

The committee's statement is not a surprise - Burr and Warner have both made previous statements supporting the intelligence community's assessment.

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Trump and his associates are now under FBI investigation over whether his campaign colluded with Moscow during the election, an accusation the president and his allies have vehemently denied. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, has also been charged with over 20 counts; he has pleaded not guilty.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesMichael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The congressional investigations have overlapped in part with the criminal probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation made their assessment with "high" confidence, while the NSA's was only "moderate".

House Republicans have contended the Russian Federation investigation went awry well before Mueller's appointment because it depended on an anti-Trump dossier gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by Democrats and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Tuesday's report faulted the ICA for not including an updated assessment on how Russian Federation uses its state media outlets to push its agenda.

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The report mentions the committee's investigators reviewed evidence of "an extensive Russian effort to manipulate social media outlets" that goes beyond the ICA's January report.