Report: FBI, CIA, DNI Agree That Russia Directed Hacks In Part To Help Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens during a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following their meeting in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Putin and Erdogan voiced support for ... Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens during a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following their meeting in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Putin and Erdogan voiced support for the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey, called Turkish Stream, a project that was suspended amid tensions between the two countries. The pipeline would carry Russian natural gas to Turkey and onto European Union countries. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) MORE LESS
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The Washington Post reported Friday that the directors of the CIA and FBI, as well as the director of National Intelligence, all back an earlier CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

“Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” the Post reported CIA Director John Brennan wrote in a message to the agency’s workforce, according to unnamed officials who saw the message.

“The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI,” Brennan said.

Last week, the Post reported that a secret CIA assessment found that Russian actors sought to help Donald Trump in the presidential election by leaking the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, the Democratic National Committee, and others. At the time, there was reportedly disagreement among law enforcement communities, especially within the FBI, over whether Russia sought to aide Trump or simply sow doubt about the legitimacy of the electoral process.

Though representatives of the FBI and CIA did not comment on the record to the Post, one unnamed FBI official said of the two agencies’ assessments, “The truth is they were never all that different in the first place.”

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  1. How DId theY knoW it wasn’t a 400 lb man in new jerSey? You can’t catch hackers unless You see them typE. TrumP unpoliticizes intelligence to Make it smart more biglY and you LibTards can’t stand it.

  2. Avatar for j.dave j.dave says:

    Please to stop with failing to say truths about Russia! Russia is friend of USSA. Russia is friend of Tovarich Trumpski. Do as we say and no persons will be hurt. Ponimaye? Spacebo y ochen konechno.

  3. How Do they know It wasn’t teen zerO cOoL? He Hacked the Stock exchanGe and almosT crasHed the MarkeT. And he was 11.

  4. Avatar for calijo calijo says:

    Aaand it doesn’t matter. Not one little bit. They’ll do the same thing in 2020. I don’t know when the Democratic Party will ever regain power considering all the forces now assembled against them. It is hard to feel anything but despair.

  5. Well,well,well

    This is going to be a great weekend

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