Why did former CIA director John Brennan say that the Russians were "brazenly" interfering with the U. S. Presidential Election?
The right wingers posting on YA today keep claiming that they've been vindicated because there was no Russian interference. Should we believe the right wing YA posters and their talk radio overlords, or should we believe the former CIA director?
- Anonymous3 years agoFavorite Answer
Because the Russians were "brazenly" interfering with the U. S. Presidential Election.
The United States government's intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government interfered in the 2016 United States elections.
In January 2017, a U.S. intelligence community assessment expressed "high confidence" that Russia favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to denigrate and harm Clinton's electoral chances and potential presidency. The report concluded that Russia used disinformation, data thefts, leaks, and social media trolls in an effort to give an advantage to Trump over Clinton, but did not target or compromise vote tallying. These conclusions were reaffirmed by the lead intelligence officials in the Trump administration in May 2017. Intelligence allies of the U.S. in Europe found communications between suspected Russian agents and the Trump campaign as early as 2015.
On October 7, 2016, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly stated that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's personal email account and leaked their documents to WikiLeaks. Several cybersecurity firms stated that the cyberattacks were committed by Russian intelligence groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. In October 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama used the red phone line to directly contact Putin and issue a warning to him regarding the cyber attacks. Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in any DNC hacks or leaks. In early January 2017, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate committee that Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign went beyond hacking, and included disinformation such as the dissemination of fake news often promoted on social media.
Six federal agencies have also been investigating possible links and financial ties between the Kremlin and Trump's associates, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and advisers Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.
In early December 2016, Obama ordered a report on foreign interventions in the 2016 elections, while U.S. Senators called for a bipartisan investigation. President-elect Donald Trump initially rejected the report, saying that Democrats were reacting to their election loss, and attacked the intelligence agencies in a transition team statement. Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell expressed confidence in U.S. intelligence and supported a bipartisan investigation, which was started by the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 24, 2017. On December 29, 2016, the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats, denied access to two Russia-owned compounds, and broadened existing sanctions on Russian entities and individuals.
On March 20, 2017, FBI director James Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has been conducting a counter-intelligence investigation about Russian interference since July 2016, including possible coordination between associates of Trump and Russia. In a move that was widely criticized as an attempt to curtail the investigation, Trump dismissed Comey on May 9, 2017. Comey had reportedly written a memo noting that Donald Trump asked him to stop pursuing Michael Flynn. On May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in its investigation.
- FutureLv 73 years ago
Lol they were lied to by Fox as always, with second long snippets of sentences that meant the exact opposite of what Fox told them.
- 3 years ago
- Anonymous3 years ago
Did you believe that when Bill Clinton security met with our A/G L Lynch and talk to her for almost 40 mins they never talked of Hillary investigation or as Hillary called it security inquiry? if yes then your a partisan fool
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- Anonymous3 years ago
C0ntards haven't been vindicated of CRAP. They demand evidence, but they seem to forget that evidence isn't shown until a trial.
There's PLENTY of PROBABLE CAUSE, c0ntards!
- 3 years ago
Liberalism is the cause of Islamic terrorism.