In a blow to the Democrats and their allies John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the nation’s top spy agency is rebutting aspects of their efforts to poison the well against Donald Trump. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is refusing to support claims that the Russian government intervened in order to steal the election from Hillary.
The ODNI joins the FBI in not climbing onboard the latest onslaught of red-baiting hysteria that Dems have been pushing in order to mount a late charge designed to convince the Electoral College that the election was stolen from Hillary as an act of revenge by Vladimir Putin.
According to a Reuters Exclusive “Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking – sources”:
The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.
While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.
The position of the ODNI, which oversees the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, could give Trump fresh ammunition to dispute the CIA assessment, which he rejected as “ridiculous” in weekend remarks, and press his assertion that no evidence implicates Russia in the cyber attacks.
Trump’s rejection of the CIA’s judgment marks the latest in a string of disputes over Russia’s international conduct that have erupted between the president-elect and the intelligence community he will soon command.
An ODNI spokesman declined to comment on the issue.
“ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent,” said one of the three U.S. officials. “Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.”
Ever since the Washington Post published their latest fake news bombshell on Friday the anti-Trump media has been churning out the propaganda in order to delegitimize the results of the election:
So we'll have a president who lost the pop vote by 2.1%, got in thanks to FBI and Putin. And supporters will demand respect. Um, no.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 10, 2016
The ODNI’s refusal to fully back the CIA is really big news and along with the FBI signals a serious split in the intelligence community between Obama’s politically motivated CIA and others who take their duty seriously and aren’t so quick to dive into political hackery.
There will be much shrieking from the usual suspects in their tin foil hats and probably more than a few accusations that the ODNI is a domestic front for the Kremlin because that’s the way that Democrats roll.