Obama Orders Intelligence Community To Conduct “Full Review” Of 2016 Election Results, Keep Results Secret
Still unable to accept the fact that running a failed candidate and/or failed democratic policies may have had anything to do with Hillary’s loss last month, Obama has directed the “intelligence community” to conduct a “full review” of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Per The Hill, the review is slated to begin immediately with the goal of being presented to Congress before Obama leaves office on January 20, 2017.
President Obama has directed the intelligence community to conduct “a full review” of the 2016 election in light of reports of Russian interference, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco said Friday.
The report is expected to be completed and transmitted to Congress before he leaves office Jan. 20.
“We’ll see what comes out publicly,” Monaco told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.
Monaco gave few other details about the report, other than to say that it will “capture lessons learned and … report from a range of stakeholders to include their comments.”
“This is consistent with the work we did over the summer to engage both the Congress and global stakeholders, in terms of providing them the information and tools to defend themselves,” Monaco said.
While Hillary consistently said during the campaigning cycle that “17 U.S. intelligence agencies” had confirmed Russia’s involvement in the hacking of John Podesta’s emails, as WikiLeaks pointed out, those “17 intelligence agencies” actually came down to one very ambiguous comment, by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, which actually offered no evidence and didn’t actually confirm Russian involvement at all.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 22, 2016
But we probably shouldn’t let facts get in the way here.
Meanwhile, numerous politicians on The Hill, from Elijah Cummings to Republican Lindsey Graham, have also called for investigations into alleged Russian hacking.
A myriad of lawmakers have pushed for various investigations into the attacks.
A group of Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats, including Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), has urged Obama to declassify and release “additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election.”
Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and six other ranking members on Tuesday urged the administration to brief Congress on the matter.
Oversight Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) have announced legislation to create an independent commission to study Russian interference in the election.
Meanwhile, Graham said this week that he will spearhead investigations into the matter.
Again, we don’t want to let facts disrupt the narrative too much, but as we pointed out yesterday, the only confirmed case of an actual hacking attempt related to the 2016 election to date originated at the Department of Homeland Security against the Georgia voter database. We wonder whether Obama’s intelligence review will offer any insights on that incident?