Intelligence assessment has not changed on Russian election interference — CIA

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

The CIA said Director Pompeo was not trying to distort the assessment.

Schiff was referring to the intelligence community's January report, which made no assessment one way or the other, but noted "that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying".

But that statement, made at the conservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, seemed to suggest that the nation's intelligence agencies had examined the effects of the meddling on the election results.

At a national security forum sponsored by a Washington think tank, Pompeo said: "The intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election".

That created an outcry from Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top-ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Trapani told the Post that it was not Pompeo's intention to deceive or mislead the public regarding the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's election meddling efforts.

"This is not the first time the (CIA) director has made statements minimizing the significance of what the Russians did, but it needs to be the last", Schiff said.

Director Pompeo's remarks come as Congress is beginning to look into charges that, according to The Hill, Russia colluded with The Hussein Obama Admin to give Moscow control over 20% of America's Uranium stock.

Later Thursday, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd told NPR Pompeo's remark did not mean that the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's actions - that it stuck its nose into the USA election process - has not changed.

However, the report by USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had initiated a complicated campaign that spanned multiple aspects of the contentious election, per NBC.

Committees in both the US Senate and the House are investigating as is a special counsel, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller.

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