DHS Sec 'Not Aware' Of Intel Community Conclusion That Putin Favored Trump

Posted May 26, 2018

Asked later about her comments, Nielsen said that they have tried to manipulate "public confidence on both sides".

"I do not believe that I've seen that conclusion", Nielsen told reporters.

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

Clapper continued to address the recent barrage of both tweets and oral attacks from the President and his allies by reiterating that his work as director of national intelligence related to Trump and his campaign was about trying to determine what the Russians were doing to interfere with American elections.

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"I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment", she said.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she is not "aware" of the United States Intelligence community's report Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election with the intent of favoring then-candidate Donald Trump despite the findings being made public more than a year ago. "Russian goals included undermining faith in the USA democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency". "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

Nielsen and other Trump administration officials briefed lawmakers on election security Tuesday morning in a classified setting to discuss overall threats to upcoming USA elections and explain the steps the administration is taking to counter those threats. Nielsen said she was unaware of that assessment, which has been public for over a year. As The Daily Beast noted, Clapper is adamant that it was Russia's actions in interfering in the election that swung the race to Donald Trump.

Nielsen's remarks, which come amid her reported tensions with Trump over immigration, sparked instant condemnation. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.

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"The Secretary agrees with that [intelligence] assessment, DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement to ABC News". "The Secretary agrees with that assessment".

"I know that the Intelligence Community can not serve our nation if facts are negotiable".

Robert Mueller, then Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and James Clapper, then director of national intelligence (from left), testify during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2013.

The Senate Intelligence Committee endorsed the ICA's findings, writing, "Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions". And all major intelligence community leaders - including those appointed by Trump - have endorsed the finding.

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