The CIA and FBI have both confirmed Russian intervention in the presidential election–hacking into both Republican and Democratic organizations.
However, the federal agencies disagree on intent.
The CIA unequivocally believes Russia’s intent was to help Trump secure the election.
The FBI, however, “is not certain that Russia’s interference in the election was a purposeful effort to alter the results.”
According to The Hill:
During a meeting of the House Intelligence Committee, the CIA said it was sure of Russia’s intentions in hacking Democratic party emails, but the FBI was less certain, The Post reported.
One official told The Post that for the FBI, “there’s no question that [the Russians’] efforts went one way, but it’s not clear that they have a specific goal or mix of related goals.”
Maine Sen. Angus King (I), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also told The Post that intelligence information surrounding the hacks should be made public in an effort “to see that this doesn’t happen again.”
Whether the country’s end goal was manipulating the results of the election, King said he wasn’t sure, but added that he does not believe Russia’s hacking will end with this election, but “could happen in the midterms” or “in the next presidential election.”
Since the reports, lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties have denounced Russia’s hacks and called for a thorough investigation.
Obviously, as noted by President-elect Donald Trump, Democrats along with other Washington insiders, are simply trying to find an explanation for why Democrats lost the election.
Do we really need to bring a foreign country into the election to explain why the country did not fall in love with the robotic criminal that is Hillary Clinton?
Putin had no part in Clinton using a private e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State. Russia had no part in the FBI re-opening the investigation of Clinton’s e-mails.
Putin had no part in Clinton’s failing health which kept her from running the campaign she should have. There might be areas to point the finger at Russia–but this certainly isn’t one of them.
Democrats, Washington insiders, Clinton supporters–just get over it. You lost. Move on.