President Obama orders review of election hacking, Russia's involvement
Dec 10 2016 by Joanne Wise
Now, amid mounting calls to investigate Russian meddling, President Barack Obama has ordered US intelligence agencies to review those efforts to influence the election, and issue a full report before he leaves office.
USA intelligence officials have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic officials' email accounts in an attempt to interfere with the presidential campaign.
As a presidential candidate, Trump praised Putin and called on Russian Federation to dig up missing emails from his opponent, Hillary Clinton, from her time as secretary of state under fellow Democrat Obama.
Questions have remained about the extent of the hacking and Russians' motivations. House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, in a speech this week, said the USA government "cannot allow foreign governments to interfere in our democracy".
Schultz also explained this is not an effort to change the outcome of the USA elections, but to preserve the integrity of future US elections by revealing the scope of what happened.
A spokesman later added that the investigation would include "malicious cyber activity" tied to races for the White House that preceded the one this year.
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Monaco said thatcyber attacks were not new, citing Chinese hacking into campaign systems during the 2008 election. According to the administration, intelligence officials are very much aware that there could be negative consequences if too much of what is discovered is publicly revealed.
Moscow has consistently denied allegations about its possible role, with President Vladimir Putin accusing the U.S. government of dragging Moscow into the presidential election to manipulate American voters. Any time I do something, they say, "Oh, Russia interfered"'.
But intelligence officials are wary about disclosing information that can show Russia's involvement, fearful that doing so will compromise sensitive sources and methods.
The review comes as President-elect Donald Trump has again dismissed the intelligence community's findings about Russian hacking and meddling.
Asked if the intelligence statements were politically driven, Trump said, "I think so". Schiff, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, wants to see President Obama declassify as much of the investigation as possible before he leaves office, as well as to "respond forcefully" to the alleged Russian election hacking, citing the incoming president's refusal to heed the US intelligence community.
Trump's transition team was dismissive of the hacking claims Friday night, releasing a statement referring to intelligence agents as "the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction". McCain says he will launch an investigation under the auspices of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which he is chairman, and notes to the Post that he considers the disruption of the election "a national security issue". "It appears, however, that after eight years the administration has suddenly awoken to the threat". And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.