Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

DHS secretary pushes back on assessment that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump

DHS secretary pushes back on assessment that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian leadership at a very high level was involved in the attempt to interfere in the USA election in order to boost President Donald Trump's candidacy.

With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.

That Russian President Vladimir Putin developed a clear preference for a Trump victory was at the heart of an assessment by the FBI, CIA and NSA delivered in January 2017, shortly before Trump took office. "I'm not aware of that", she said.

Nielsen seemed to echo some of Trump's rhetoric Tuesday, saying Russian Federation engaged in an "attempt to manipulate public confidence on both sides". "I do believe that Russian did try and will continue to try to manipulate on a whole variety of issues". We've seen them simultaneously encourage to people to go the same protest on the other side.

After Nielsen's remarks Tuesday, DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton released a statement saying, "The Secretary has previously reviewed the Intelligence Community's assessment and agrees with it - as she stated today and previously", adding, "Russian goals included undermining faith in the United States democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency. I think what they are trying to do is to disrupt our belief and our own understanding of what's happening", she said. "Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence".

In a statement to TPM on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton said that Nielsen "agrees" with the Intelligence Community assessment and "clearly" said Tuesday that the "Russian government unequivocally worked to undermine our democracy" in 2016. "I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment". All three agencies agree with this judgment. And at worst, they were knowingly part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the American people of one of our most fundamental rights, the right to vote.

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In its 2017 report, the Intelligence Community stated: "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

The fact that a leading Cabinet official like Nielsen can't speak authoritatively about even the basics of the intelligence community suggests that something is up - and that it's definitely not Russian interference's spot on the administration's priority list. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency", the assessment states.

The committee also issued a detailed report on Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 campaign.

An unclassified extract of one report made public by the committee examined security weaknesses in USA election systems.

"Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA", said Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

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