When parsing the claims of politicians, we are often having to decide whether they are lying or telling the truth. Usually, we would prefer that they be telling the truth. But this statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is far more scary if she’s telling the truth.
Following a classified election security briefing for Congress, Nielsen spoke to reporters, including CNN’s Manu Raju.
“Do you have any reason to doubt the Jan. 17th  Intelligence Committee assessment that said it was [Russian President] Vladimir Putin who tried to meddle in this election to help President Trump?” Raju asked.
“I do not believe that I’ve seen that conclusion that specific intent was to help President Trump win,” Nielsen insisted. “I am not aware of that.”
If the DHS Secretary really is unaware of all that and the highly publicized assessments from our intelligence services, that means she isn’t doing anything to fix and protect those systems. And that’s far more frightening than the prospect that she’s lying to avoid another flamefest from her boss.