Friday, January 6, 2017

U.S. Intelligence Now Certain That Russia Tried To Influence U.S. Election For Trump. Full Report To Be Released Next Week

Director of National Intelligence Clapper at the Senate Armed Services Committee
Yesterday top U.S. intelligence officials told the Senate Armed Services Committee that they were confident in their assessment that Russia attempted to use cyberattacks to influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senators in sworn testimony...

"Our assessment now is even more resolute,"

Clapper's testimony was echoed by Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

In addition to Clapper and Mullins the CIA and FBI had also agreed that the interference was aimed at helping Trump beat Clinton.

Clapper alerted the committee that a comprehensive report ordered by President Obama on Russian hacking will be ready next week, including an unclassified version that the public will be able to review. He added that lawmakers will receive closed-door briefings on the classified portions of the report.

Clapper said the Russians had more than one motive in trying to interfere with the election, and the report will detail their multiple motives. He the added that he intended to "push the envelope" to include as much information as he can in the public version of the report without compromising secret sources.

"I think the public should know as much as possible about this,"

The U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia hacked computers to tamper with the election led Obama to order sanctions against Russia last week, including the expulsion of 35 Russian “intelligence operatives" from the U.S.

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