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Justice Dept. Drops Election Hacking Bombshell… No Material Interference From Russia:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted Thursday at a Politico event that there was no evidence that the Russians compromised U.S. electoral systems. “Fortunately we didn’t see the sort of technical interference that I know people had concerns about, also, in terms of voting machines and the like,” Lynch said, according to a partial transcript of the event by RealClearPolitics.
The attorney general spoke about the investigation and the information given to the public.
“There’s a number of things we do, some of which we talk about publicly, some that we don’t talk about publicly, in terms of investigation and the responses that we have,” she explained. “This was a grave concern to us, so we began in the summer to look at what we could say publicly about this issue, and that is why you saw the intelligence community release its report in October, before the election.”
“Letting the American people know that the intelligence community had determined that Russia was behind the hacks (of the Democrat National Committee) itself,” Lynch said. “The investigation is ongoing, certainly the review is continuing. We rarely do that kind of public attribution, but it was important in that instance because the election effects everyone. “It is not a matter of the results, it is peoples’ faith in the integrity of the system,” she added. “At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security was involved in reaching out to every state to make sure that they had access to every resource they needed to protect the state electoral system as well.”
“Fortunately we didn’t see the sort of technical interference that I know people had concerns about, also, in terms of voting machines and the like,” the attorney general concluded — putting to rest, for once and for all, claims from the left that the Russians had somehow hacked the general election and stolen it from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Democrats have tried to use the Russian hacking narrative to explain away their losses, but as Lynch noted, there was no interference with the election systems.
As far as the other hacks go, the evidence is far from conclusive. The bottom line remains that it’s no one’s fault but the Democrats for the dirty dealings that were exposed. If they want to blame the Russians for informing the American electorate, we’re not sure how that’s going to work out for them, but it’s fine with us. Perhaps instead they should clean up their house instead of complaining that people were able to see their mess through the window.
#2- Russia Demands Obama Provide Proof Of Hacking Claims–“They should either stop talking:
As the Obama administration stepped up its rhetoric against Russia for allegedly hacking its way into American politics, Russian officials demanded President Barack Obama either “stop talking” or “produce some proof.” Obama said Thursday that the United States will retaliate against Russia for interfering in the election by hacking political organizations.
“I think there’s no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact on the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will, at a time and a place of our own choosing,” he said. “Some of it may be explicit and publicized. Some of it may not be. Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it,” the president added.
The CIA has said that Russian government hackers attacked the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published leaked emails from both of those sources, denied Russia had a role in obtaining the documents WikiLeaks published.
President-elect Donald Trump has publicly voiced doubts about the role of Russian hackers in the elections. “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse,” Trump told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. On Friday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Obama administration has yet to back up its accusations with any evidence.
“They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly,” said Peskov, who added it was “indecent” to “groundlessly” accuse Russia of trying to interfere in the elections. In October, intelligence agencies said Russia was trying to hack its way into elections systems and political groups. However, the issue lay dormant until after Trump’s victory. The issue of Russian involvement is complicated by demands from some electors for an intelligence briefing prior to Monday’s Electoral College vote that would officially make Trump America’s president-elect. The New York Times reported that Trump is concerned there may be a political agenda within the CIA to interfere with his election.
“Right now, certain elements of the media, certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians — they’re creating this uncertainty over the election,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
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#3- Lynch Slips—Admits There’s No Evidence Of ‘Technical Interference’ From Russian Gov’t In Election
The United States intelligence community has no evidence that the Russian government interfered with voting machines used in the 2016 election, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch contended Thursday. Speaking in Washington D.C. at a Politico event, Lynch explained that the United States intelligence community had been investigating who was responsible for hacking for months. While government agencies were apprehensive about publicly disclosing their findings, they ultimately concluded Russia was responsible for infiltrating both the Democratic National Committee and the email account of top Clinton aides.
WikiLeaks published the DNC messages in July and the Podesta messages in October. The messages revealed efforts by DNC officials to rig the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign after leaked emails evidenced her effort to undermine Sanders.
When asked about what the government is doing to maintain confidence in the election process, Lynch said maintaining fair and honest electoral system “is an ongoing process.” “We’ve been talking about this now for some time since the summer when we began the investigation into the hacks of the DNC and the DCCC and trying to ascertain who was behind that,” she explained. “There’s a number of things we do, a lot of which we talk about publicly, a lot of which we don’t talk about publicly in terms of just investigation and the responses that we have.”
The federal government actively and thoroughly worked prior to Election Day to protect the electoral system and found no evidence of Russian interference.
While the Obama administration continues to allege Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and the email account of top Clinton aide John Podesta, WikiLeaks associate Craig Murray claimed Wednesday that he received leaked Clinton campaign emails from a “disgusted” Democrat whistleblower. “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,” Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close acquaintance of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, told Daily Mail. “The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”
The leakers were motivated by “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders,” he said. “I don’t understand why the CIA would say the information came from Russian hackers when they must know that isn’t true. Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents WikiLeaks published did not come from that.”
President-elect Donald Trump has raised doubts about the reports claiming Russia is responsible for the email leaks, claiming it is an “excuse” by Democrats to explain Clinton’s November loss.
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