U.S. Department of the Treasury explained certain circumstances related to the release of the ‘Kremlin report’.
‘Democrats in Congress complained that the report was not accompanied by fresh American sanctions to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election, with one calling the report a “copy-and-paste” job after the Treasury said it was based on a Forbes magazine list of wealthy Russians. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday faced tough questioning from several senators during a scheduled hearing, including Louisiana Republican John Kennedy. There has been “widespread misreporting” of Treasury’s response, Tony Sayegh, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, said in a statement on Wednesday. He reiterated Mnuchin’s statements earlier this week that “there will be sanctions that come out of this,’ Bloomberg wrote.
According to Sayegh, the public part of the report, which was released on Monday, is based on public materials including web sites, government documents, records and news reports. The secret part, in turn, is based on the secret sources and methods.
‘The unclassified part of the report, released publicly on Monday, was from public materials, including websites, government documents, records and news stories, according to Sayegh, while the unclassified section of the report that was submitted to Congress was from classified sources and methods. “Treasury has made it clear that we are focused on countering Russia’s destabilizing activities,” Sayegh said’, the outlet wrote.
One of the officials called the report a ‘copy-paste,’ when the ministry said it was based on the Forbes-published list of richest Russians. One of the names was spelled wrong, and both lists feature the same typo. ‘I believe significant information from the classified annex could be declassified, and call on the annex to be subject to an immediate declassification process,’ Ron Wyden, the Oregon senator (Democrats) said defining the situation.