DHS secretary 'not aware' Putin tried to help Trump campaign

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"I don't believe that I have seen that conclusion".

"Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win". "I am not aware of that".

In the intelligence chief's view, "We showed unambiguously that Putin had ordered the campaign to influence the election...and how the entire operation had begun with attempts to undermine USA democracy and demean Secretary Clinton, then shifted to promoting Mr. Trump when Russian Federation assessed he was a viable candidate who would serve their strategic goals". "I'm not aware of that", Nielsen said, responding to a reporter's question after briefing House members on election security efforts. She was accompanied by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.

Ms. Nielsen told members of Congress that the Department of Homeland Security would help states during the 2018 midterm elections, and work with state governments to check the voting results afterward.


"I do not believe that I've seen that conclusion, that the specific intent was to help President Trump win".

Nielsen added that Russian Federation had attempted to target "public confidence on both sides" in 2016 and would continue to do so in the future. "No, there are not tanks in the streets, but what's happening right now goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, and I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election but as an American afraid of losing a country".

Although, the 2017 report does not reflect this statement.

"We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the USA presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".


Clapper does not go so far as to state that Trump colluded with Russia, but he describes the president's attitude in face of evidence of Russian interference as one of "aggressive indifference".

In the 2017 assessment, the FBI, CIA and NSA all agreed that Russian Federation interfered with a preference for Trump. They surmised she might have been trying to avoid upsetting Trump, who - along with House Republicans - has sought to discredit the idea that Russian Federation favored his candidacy over that of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. "All three agencies agree with this judgment", the report's conclusion found.

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently announced that they agreed with the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian Federation.

But the Senate intelligence committee said last week that it agrees with the intelligence agencies' assessment.


"There is nothing more important than the integrity of our democracy", said Nielsen.

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