Posted On December 12, 2016 By In World And 186 Views

Donald Trump says CIA charge Russia influenced election is ‘ridiculous’

Donald Trump said on Sunday that a CIA conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election was “ridiculous”, and that he did not believe that the Kremlin had tried to bolster his candidacy. The president-elect said the CIA’s assessment was “just another excuse” for his stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton last
month. “I don’t believe it,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. “Every week it’s another excuse.” Two days earlier, the Washington Post reported that in a secret assessment, the CIA had concluded the Russian government sought to influence the election by hacking into Democratic party emails. During the campaign, the intelligence community accused Russia-backed actors of hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Thousands of the emails, which intelligence officials said were provided by individuals with ties to the Russian government, were published by WikiLeaks. At the time officials said Russia hoped to undermine confidence in the election, but did not explicitly say the Kremlin favored Trump, as the CIA later concluded. This week, Barack Obama ordered what the White House called a “full review” of Russia’s role in the hacks and cyberattacks by Chinese hackers in the 2008 and 2012 campaign cycles. Trump refused to believe the CIA’s findings, saying on Sunday: “Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting. “Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act you’re not going to catch them. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.” On Sunday John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN said any foreign government trying to influence an American election should face “very grave consequences” but questioned whether the hacking of DNC and the RNC computers was “a false flag operation”. Asked by Fox News’s Eric Shawn whether he was accusing someone in the administration or intelligence community of trying to throw something, he replied: “We just don’t know. But I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree.”

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