Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr (R-NC), confirmed that the panel will investigate Donald Trump’s connection to Russian President Vladamir Putin, as well as other key Russian government officials. Among the matters that will be researched are whether or not Russia initiated, supported, or otherwise had anything to do with election fraud of any type.
In typical Trump fashion, he has taken to Twitter several times in recent days to address his suspicions that US intelligence agencies were paid off my his “opponents” in an effort to smear his name.
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
released by “Intelligence” even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017
Unwilling to openly go against U.S. intelligence in the ways Trump has, Burr stated he:
‘has no reason to doubt the findings. We owe it to our colleagues and the American people to do an independent review of the report and its conclusions.’
The intelligence report was released Jan. 6th and asserted that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, orchestrated the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails during the election.
According to USA Today:
‘Burr said he will direct a small, select group of committee staff to analyze the report, including the classified sources that the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency used to form their conclusions. Those sources have not been publicly revealed because doing so would jeopardize their lives, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee during a hearing Tuesday.’
Also according to USA Today:
‘Top U.S. intelligence officials told senators Thursday that they are confident in their assessment that Russia attempted to use cyber-attacks to influence the U.S. presidential election, despite skepticism of their findings by President-elect Donald Trump.”
Trump should’ve thought about the role US intelligence plays in the life of the president before he started badmouthing them. He previously remarked:
‘I get it when I need it. I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.’
The cockiness Trump displays by assuming he will be in office for “eight years” is about as disgusting as his disrespect of security intelligence when that intel points to him being corrupt.
Now the agency responsible for gathering information to keep Americans safe has to repeat the investigation for which they’ve already released findings. The difference is that in the days since the release of that information, Trump in all his class and wisdom has tweeted some of the most undiplomatic tweets about this same agency. This probably won’t end well for Trump.
Whether Putin and Russia had anything to do with the outcome of the election or not, the mere fact that there is question is an issue that needs to be investigated. Moreover, Trump’s repeated minimizing of information from an agency he once thought was important enough to criticize President Obama about when he missed briefings is disgraceful.
The American people deserve answers. The people also deserve a president who isn’t suspected of collaborating with a foreign government to help him win an election.
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