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DHS secretary says she hasn’t seen assessment that Russia interfered to help Trump win

DHS secretary says she hasn’t seen assessment that Russia interfered to help Trump win

The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Senate Intelligence Committee found that although there was mounting evidence of Russian interference for months before the November 2016 election, the Obama administration did not press United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies to investigate.

His committee said intelligence agencies failed to use "proper analytic tradecraft" when they assessed the intentions of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. "Russian goals included undermining faith in the US democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency".

Donald Trump would have been on his way to losing the 2016 election without help from Vladimir Putin and the Russians, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claims.

In the months before the election, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also was investigating the Clinton Foundation for its fundraising practices and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's and some of her associates' use of a private email server while she was Obama's Secretary of State.

Following Nielsen's apparent "unawareness" of the report's findings, the DHS issued a statement in an attempt to clarify her stance on the topic.

"I do not believe I've seen that conclusion that the specific intent was to help President Trump win", she said.

Nielson dodged the question by asserting that Russian Federation attempted to "manipulate public confidence on both sides".

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"We've seen them encourage people to go to a protest on one side". We've seen them simultaneously encourage to people to go the same protest on the other side. "So I think what they're trying to do, in my opinion, and I defer to the Intel community is just disrupt our belief in our own understanding of what's happening".

It is that judgment that the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee called into question in its own investigation of the Kremlin's meddling, saying it found evidence that Russian Federation sought to sow chaos but not favor a particular candidate. Trump himself has also cast doubt on that conclusion.

But the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a bipartisan fashion, recently affirmed the conclusion. "I can't imagine anyone that is going to be engaged in national security, and particularly election security, would not have read that assessment", Mark Warner, the Democratic senator from Virginia who is on the intelligence committee, said afterward.

Russian Federation is accused of launching a multi-pronged campaign to help elect Trump, one that included hacking emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and from the Democratic National Committee and sharing them through WikiLeaks.

A representative of Nielsen's defended her Tuesday comments, saying the reporter's question that preceded them was misleading. "The Secretary agrees with that assessment".

Nielsen's comments come as top intelligence officials say Russian Federation is likely to meddle again and the Department of Homeland Security is working with states to improve election security ahead of the 2018 midterms.

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