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After Briefing, Trump Denies Russian Hacking Affected 2016 Election

HeadlineJan 09, 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to deny alleged Russian hacking had an effect on the 2016 presidential election. On Friday, Trump was briefed for 90 minutes by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey on a 50-page classified document on how Russian hackers meddled in November’s election. A section of this document, declassified over the weekend, concludes Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election … [and] aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him." Following Friday’s briefing, Trump released a statement saying, "While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations, including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines."

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