After DHS Secretary either lied or played coy when asked if she agreed with the assessment of our intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election for the purpose of getting Trump elected, former CIA Director and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reluctantly admitted under questioning that he agrees with that assessment.
Pompeo, who previously was Trump’s CIA director, was pressed by Democrats on whether he accepted that finding during testimony Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Yes, sir,” he said. But that was only after he initially said the judgment that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to help Trump win “was the least confirmed, that is, there was the least support for that” in the report issued by the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency in January 2017, a few weeks before Trump took office.The findings continue to present an awkward dilemma for Trump’s national security advisers, who seek to stand by the intelligence community even as the president frequently denounces the continuing investigation into Russian meddling by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a “witch hunt” and assert that the Russians actually were working to help Clinton.
Yeah, well, that’s what happens when you work for a pathological liar with a fragile ego and a bully mentality. Telling the truth becomes a radical act that can get you fired. And now we have James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, saying in a new book that he is certain that Russian interference was enough to swing the election. We can’t know that for sure, of course, because we can’t know how any individual voter made their decision, but in such a close election, where only a few tens of thousands of votes made the difference, it seems plausible, if not likely.