While Trump himself has droned on about how email hacking before the election could have been China, or a random guy living in a basement somewhere, actual intelligence officials have worked hard to hone in on Russia, where they now know the hacking was a Russian job.
CIA officials told the U.S. senators this week that it was “quite clear” that Russia’s lone goal was to elect Donald Trump, in allegedly helping Wikileaks release
Speaking at a media breakfast, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, said of the new reality in Washington:
“We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned.”
As for Republicans in Congress, well, they aren’t that interested in jumping on the Russia train just yet.
Devin Nunes, a representative from California and a member of the Trump transition team, said:
“I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence even now. There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”
Regardless, if the American intelligence community says it, they aren’t saying it lightly — and it might be wise for Rep. Nunes and others to strongly consider exactly what this means for the American electoral process.
Truly unnerving stuff…
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