US director of intelligence tells Senate Russia was involved in election hack
U.S. National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, confirmed the belief that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
U.S. National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, confirmed the belief that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Clapper answered questions from such Republican Senators as Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina), John McCain (R, Arizona) and Ted Cruz (R, Texas). According to Clapper, Russia not only meddled in the election but assisted in the dissemination of fake news stories to conduce a favorable election result.
"Whatever crack, fissure, they could find in our tapestry .?.?. they would exploit it," said James R. Clapper Jr to the Senate Armed Services Committee on foreign cyber security threats.
The announcement from Clapper was highly controversial. It stains a Republican win in the White House. Many Republican politicians used the hearing to criticize the previous President Barack Obama administration for their allowance of cyber attacks. Many Republican leaders, however, including Cruz, McCain, and Graham, delved deeper into the information the intelligence community presented that seemed to heavily implicate Russian involvement in their party winning the election. Many Democrats as well were very willing to accept the announcement and intelligence presented about the Kremlin and its motives. Senator Tom Cotton (R, Arkansas), however, argued the idea that the Kremlin would work to inaugurate President Elect Donald Trump is far fetched.
"Donald Trump has proposed to increase our defense budget, to accelerate nuclear modernization, to accelerate ballistic missile defenses, and to expand and accelerate oil and gas production, which would obviously harm Russia's economy," said Cotton. "Hillary Clinton opposed or at least was not as enthusiastic about all those measures."