Intel chief can't back CIA claim Russia boosted Trump
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has taken a lot of the wind out of the sails of the Democrats’ campaign to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency by saying the Russians hacked their emails to help him.
In fact, the FBI earlier also said it wouldn’t go wholeheartedly along with the conclusion from the CIA that the Russians hacked American political computer systems to benefit Trump.
In recent days, both the Washington Post and New York Times reported the CIA believes Russia was not just trying to meddle in America’s democratic process but was actively working in support of Trump. The Times report admits there is no concrete evidence for the charge but states that intelligence officials believe there is a considerable amount of circumstantial evidence.
A former Reagan administration Pentagon official said just on Monday that claim is devoid of any actual public evidence.
The CIA was not alleging that Trump or his campaign colluded with the alleged Russian plot or that Russia in any way impacted voting or vote counting on Election Day.
But the rumors being discussed by the CIA have given fuel to Trump critics, including those in Congress who now want an investigation. Electors, scheduled to next week finalize Trump’s election victory, also are complaining they don’t have enough information.