DHS secretary says she's unaware Russia wanted Trump to win

Midterms are in Putin's crosshairs, ex-spy chief says

Midterms are in Putin's crosshairs, ex-spy chief says

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday insisted that she had not seen the intelligence community's assessment which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election in order to help President Donald Trump.

Describing a report on Russian interference presented by the intelligence community to president-elect Trump in January 2017, Clapper writes, "I remember just how staggering the assessment felt the first time I read it through from start to finish, and just how specific our conclusions and evidence were". "I'm not aware of that".

Nielsen then insisted the Russian Federation tried to affect public opinion on both sides.

Additionally, the steady drumbeat of news about Trump associates, near and far, entertaining Russian operatives before, during, and after the United States election have also made the prospect of the U.S. cozying up to Russia less likely. "I'm not aware of that", Nielsen said, responding to a reporter's question after briefing House members on election security efforts. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency", the assessment states.

Later, she admitted she is "not over" the election loss, adding, "I still regret the mistakes I made. It's an integrity issue of who is saying what and why and how that may or may not affect an American's behavior in what they're voting for".

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About two weeks ago, the president unloaded on Nielsen at a heated Cabinet meeting - railing against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings. Houlton pointed out that the Kremlin "targeted both major political parties" in its interference, but did not state that Nielsen believes Russian Federation favored Trump.

"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", it states. Here's what she said about the IC's judgments on Putin's objectives. "Importantly, they targeted both major political parties". "The Secretary agrees with that assessment".

Shortly after the comment surfaced on social media, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen.

When asked outright if the intelligence community spied on Trump and his campaign, Clapper said, "No, we did not".

A similar conflict exists in Congress, where the Senate and the House Intelligence Committees have reached very different conclusions about Russia's intentions.

"I don't believe that I have seen that conclusion". Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent an email to reporters with several links to the intelligence community's findings.

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