Homeland Security Chief Backtracks After Saying Russia Didn't Try to Help Trump

Homeland Security Chief Backtracks After Saying Russia Didn't Try to Help Trump

Homeland Security Chief Backtracks After Saying Russia Didn't Try to Help Trump

Houlton also defended Nielsen's comment that she didn't think she had seen the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians' "specific intent was to help President Trump win". Kirstjen Nielsen as she exited a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.

Though the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced just days later that there were no classified emails found and that it would not change the conclusion that Clinton committed no crime, Nate Silver believes that the damage was done.

"I'm not aware of that, but I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment". "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton". The Senate Intelligence Committee reported this month that after a 14-month investigation, it agreed with that assessment.

Clapper's idea that Russian meddling "turned the election" contradicts the statement he made in February, saying Russian interference didn't have "any impact on the outcome of the 2016 election." he said it "stretches credulity".

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Ms. Nielsen, who took office after the report's publication, was asked about its findings after a briefing on election security with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. The second concurred with the assessment by the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency that Russian Federation tried to assist Trump and damage Clinton, the committee said in a press release.

In January 2017, the U.S. intelligence community issued an assessment in which it concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump win the presidential election by launching a campaign against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "All three agencies agree with this judgment", it continued.

She stopped short of saying Russian Federation tried to sway the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.

A declassified version of the January 2017 report, "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections", found that Russia's goals "were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency". "Importantly, they targeted both major political parties".

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"I know that the Intelligence Community can not serve our nation if facts are negotiable".

Clapper has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of Trump among former leaders of the intelligence community since resigning in November, 2016.

"The president's behavior is the kind of grossly autocratic behavior we'd expect in a banana republic, not a mature democracy", Schumer added.

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