UPDATED: 12/12/16 11:03AM — Donald Trump continues to try to cast new doubt on the CIA’s conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. The president-elect is tweeting today that “it’s very hard to determine who was doing the hacking.” He adds that if his campaign had lost the election and “we tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!”
Meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initial expressed doubt that Russian was trying to influence the election. According to the Washington Post, McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”
but changed his tune this morning. In a statement, McConnell said he strongly condemns any foreign meddling to influence U.S. election.
McConnell has joined the call for an independent investigation into the matter, saying,
“The Russians are not our friends.”
Mitch McConnell tried to cast doubt on the CIA findings before the election. Then, magic! His wife Elaine Chao is named Transportation Sec'y
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 10, 2016
Original post: 12/12/16 8:07am
Donald Trump is brushing aside the CIA’s conclusion that Russia tried to interfere with the presidential election and is blaming “very embarrassed” Democrats for the public release of the assessment. The Washington Post first reported the CIA finding on Friday. Asked about the CIA’s assessment, Trump calls it “ridiculous.”
Meantime, Trump’s team balked at the report saying that it came from the “same agency that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
Kim Lampkins reports, a bi-partisan group of U.S, lawmakers want a full investigation in to the matter..
Meantime, there are differing views between the CIA and FBI on Russia’s involvement; that, as the GOP’s executive director in Illinois says the FBI told the state Republican Party months before the presidential election that its email accounts may have been hacked.
Nick Klitzing also told the Chicago Tribune that party officials later found some of its emails on a website reportedly tied to Russia’s military intelligence agency. The FBI didn’t tell the state party that the possible hacking was part of a larger federal investigation into alleged Russian activity in the U.S. political system.