Homeland Security Chief Backtracks After Saying Russia Didn't Try to Help Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 25, 2018

In a subsequent answer, Nielsen said she believed that Russian Federation did and will continue to try to "manipulate Americans' perspective on a whole variety of issues".

"We see no reason to dispute the conclusions", said Sen. We've seen them simultaneously encourage people to go to that same protest on the other side.

Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., said about 50 lawmakers attended the briefing and some raised questions about information the administration has about Russian interference in elections. And at worst, they were knowingly part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the American people of one of our most fundamental rights, the right to vote.

In the 2017 assessment, the FBI, CIA and NSA all agreed that Russian Federation interfered with a preference for Trump.

The House committee said the intelligence agencies failed to use "proper analytic tradecraft" when they assessed Putin's intentions.

The report was the first piece of public intelligence issued by the U.S. government on Russian meddling.

"We showed unambiguously that Putin had ordered the campaign to influence the election... and how the entire operation had begun with attempts to undermine USA democracy and demean Secretary Clinton, then shifted to promoting Mr. Trump when Russian Federation assessed he was a viable candidate who would serve their strategic goals", he wrote. "All three agencies agree with this judgment", the report said, referring to the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.

Nielsen was pressed about the January Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, endorsed by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. "Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win". He has both said that Russian Federation interfered but also that he believed Putin's denial.

Nielsen's admission shocked intelligence experts and some in Congress.

Nielsen spoke to reporters after holding a closed-door congressional briefing today on election security.

Update: DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton shared this statement: "The intelligence assessment language is nuanced for a reason".

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that she was unaware of the intelligence community's assessment that. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

"Importantly, they targeted both major political parties".

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to answer questions about whether he agreed with the 2017 intelligence community assessment.

"I don't have any observations to make about it", McConnell told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

She also very clearly articulated today that the Russian government unequivocally worked to undermine our democracy during the 2016 election.

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