Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she believes Russia’s attempt to interfere in the United States presidential election had an impact on the ultimate outcome. “I think that, and I think the FBI, in the October surprise — I call it an October surprise, of announcing a subsequent investigation [into Hillary Clinton’s private email server], did have an impact,” Feinstein told NBC’s Meet the Press. “And I believe the Clinton people believe it did, too. They were polling and they were up, and all of that diminished.” Democrats have blasted FBI Director James Comey’s letter to lawmakers just before the election that said the FBI had obtained additional information potentially relevant to the investigation.
Earlier this month, the intelligence community issued a report that concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an influence campaign aimed at helping then-GOP nominee Donald Trump win the White House.
“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion,” the report said.
But Feinstein, the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said “I do. I believe that” Russia’s interference altered the outcome of the election.