Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

The CIA has Confirmed Russia's Intervention in the Presidential Election

The CIA has Confirmed Russia's Intervention in the Presidential Election

Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

"By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you're responsible for this, I think he's giving Putin a pass", former C.I.A. director John Brennan told C.N.N.'s State of the Union on Sunday, via The Washington Post.

Trump told reporters on Saturday, following his meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, that he believed Putin meant it when he said Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 race. Putin has said some marginally nice things about Trump, and Putin makes time to meet with Trump whenever possible. "And I think it's very naive and perilous to this country to make an assumption that Russian Federation is going to behave with the best interests of the world or the USA in mind".

On Saturday, Donald Trump told a press pool onboard Air Force One he has not only discussed the possibility of Russia meddling in 2016 with Vladimir Putin, but also that he believed Putin when the Russian president told Trump the Kremlin had nothing to do with the election.

Clapper was likely referring to reports over the last two months revealing Russia's extensive use of Facebook and Twitter to create fake accounts, buy ads, spread junk news, and organize divisive rallies across the country in an effort to sow discord leading up to last year's election. He noted that contrary to what Trump insinuated, the assessment was not compiled by Comey, Clapper nor Brennan.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump clarified.

To make things worse, Trump also stated that he believed Putin was honest when denying all allegations to the effect that he had orchestrated the Russian interference.

"Considering the source of the criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honor", Brennan said. And like Senator McCain, really did put his life at risk because of this country's national security. "To try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding, and in fact, poses a peril to this country".

Brennan said Putin's apparent success with Trump was due to his use of flattery and Brennan's suspicion that Trump "for whatever reason" might be "intimidated" by Putin.

"What I said is that I believe [Putin] believes that", Trump stated Sunday. "So it's very worrisome", said Brennan. Brennan responded that Trump's behavior sends a disturbing signal to America's allies and partners who are concerned about Russian interference in their democratic processes as well.

"The director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment entitled: 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.' The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed".

"I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered".

Trump's comments contradict the USA intelligence community's collective agreement that Moscow tried to sway the election results. "I had no direct evidence of collusion", Clapper said Sunday.

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