The report says there is no evidence that Russia and Iran directly interfered in the voting process. But according to U.S. intelligence officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin likely authorized attempts to influence the U.S. election in favor of former President Donald Trump.
According to the report, Moscow disseminated “misleading or unsubstantiated claims” about the eventual winner, Joe Biden. But no foreign government threatened the final results of the election. A 15-page report released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said these were “influence operations” by both Russia and Iran.
Russia called the allegations of election interference “baseless.” “The report’s conclusions are supported solely by the confidence of the intelligence services in their complacency. No facts or concrete evidence of such allegations have been presented,” the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement.
The U.S. is expected to impose sanctions against Russia as early as next week following the report’s findings, three sources told Reuters.