Russian Hacking Cannot Become a Partisan Issue

Prominent Republicans and Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into Russian meddling in our elections.

The joint statement from the senators comes after the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win. As reported by the Washington Post.

Trump’s transition team immediately slammed the CIA assessment as the work of “the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

Several Trump campaign surrogates constantly repeat pro-Putin lines such as Boris Epshteyn who denies that Russia seized Crimea.

The president-elect himself has called allegations of Russian interference “ridiculous” and an “excuse” from Democrats who lost the Nov. 8 election.
Trump instead encourages closer ties with the Kremlin .

Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, attempted to walk back that criticism Sunday, saying the president-elect “trusts the CIA.” Priebus still denied that the RNC was hacked but said that he and Trump would support the bipartisan calls for an investigation.

“If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him,” the Republican nominee has said about Putin.

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justviewing2

The corruption here is some of the most insidious: Putin owns the biggest oil fields in russia which our future “secretary of state” just did a $500B deal with.
CIA reports tampering in the election in September. Mitch Mcconnell and Comey attend and bury the news. Then Mitch’s wife gets a plum position.
This is worse than watergate. This is potential corruption and collusion with an enemy at the highest level of our government.

any-sao

17 intelligence agencies – it was the Russians.
Now I could be wrong, but I don’t think enough people are recognizing the scope of this. Seventeen intelligence agencies would be the entire U.S. Intelligence Community and the FBI. Here’s a link to what agencies are in the USIC:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Intelligence_Community
The fact that so many agencies, with very different agendas and resources, have come to the same conclusion is astounding to me. Just think that it means everyone from the US Coast Guard to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are in agreement lets you know just how certain it is that Russia was behind the hacks.

chunwookie

I’ve seen a lot of people who didn’t understand the history of watergate talk about how something happening/revealed this election was worse than watergate. This actually might be for once.

 

Trump’s position on Putin and on Russia could not be further removed from the GOP’s stance toward the nation in recent years.

But, with the Republican nominee now differing in his outlook toward Russia, the party is no longer virtually unified in opposition to Putin.

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Defector from communist Cuba. Founder at the State Today.