Late Friday, The Washington Post released a report alleging that the CIA confirmed that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers as well as other high-level officials connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
According to the Post, the CIA came to the conclusion that the hacks were more than just an effort to undermine American confidence in their electoral process, they also had a direct objective to throw the election for Donald Trump.
Numerous intelligence agencies identified individuals connected to the Russian Government who supplied WikiLeaks with thousands of illegally obtained emails stolen from the DNC and others. A senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators said:
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected. That’s the consensus view.“
The Post also reports that during the election, various congressional leaders, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were made privy to the CIA’s findings. However, McConnell along with other Republicans voiced their doubts about the Intel.
President Obama and congressional Democrats reportedly were ready to seek bipartisan action to publically address Russian involvement in the U.S. electoral process.
However, McConnell made it clear that he would not support such actions and would characterize any attempts by the Obama administration to make the CIA’s claims public as politically motivated.
But not every Republican fell in line behind McConnell’s stone wall. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stated that claims of Russian’s involvement in the hacking of U.S. political institutions and personnel should be investigated thoroughly.
Trump’s first response to reports of Russian hacking was justifiably dismissive, given the the lack of official confirmation. He said back in July:
“I don’t believe they interfered. It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
But then to everyone’s shock and horror, the then-Republican nominee went even further and encouraged the Russian government to release Clinton’s lost emails if they had them. Trump said during a news conference:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.“
Trump later shrugged off his treasonous remarks, stating that he was being “sarcastic.”
In response to the Post’s Friday report, Trump’s transition team issued an alarming statement in which they purposely undercut the credibility of America’s top intelligence agency. The statement read:
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago … It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.‘”
Trump team releases statement on claims of foreign interference in US election: pic.twitter.com/uZQizVoxa6
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 10, 2016
Trump echoed his transition team’s statement earlier this week after being named Time Magazine‘s “Person of the Year.”
During a recent Time interview, Trump was asked to comment on Russia’s role in the election, which by that time 17 different intelligence agencies confirmed as recently as October, he said bluntly:
“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered.“
When asked if he felt the intelligence was political motivated, Trump replied, “I think so,” without elaborating any further.
Here’s a video featuring Rachel Maddow, discussing this latest development in detail.
The willful ignorance on display by both Trump and the Republican party is beyond shameful; it’s dangerous.
They are clearly placing party politics over national security, and that mentality is beyond partisan politics.
It’s Treason pure and simple.
President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican leadership are traitors to America.
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