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|From: holland55 (Rep: 2575)||Date: 07/19/2018 00:57|
|Forum: New Political Forum - Msg #7626||Thread #674022227 (Rec: 1) |
|Trump knew of Putin's election meddling 2 weeks before inauguration: report|
By NICOLE HENSLEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
JUL 19, 2018
Trump knew of Putin's election meddling 2 weeks before inauguration: report
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to news media after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
President Trump has known his Russian counterpart had pulled the trigger on the Kremlin election meddling plot since before he was sworn into office, according to a report Wednesday.
Two weeks before his inauguration, Trump was handed classified documents indicating President Vladimir Putin ordered the massive hack job that cast doubt on his victory, The New York Times reported.
For those who attended the Jan. 6 intelligence briefing at Trump Tower, the President-elect appeared to be convinced and made no attempt to dispute the findings, the newspaper wrote. The 19 months that followed the disclosure suggests otherwise.
Nearly a dozen people reportedly attended the meeting, including President Barack Obama-appointees FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers.
Trump emerged from his Midtown pad after the meeting blaming a number of countries for the hack, rather than just Russia or Putin, and that it had no effect on the election.
Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on Putin’s role in the Democratic National Convention email hacking – and denied his campaign colluded with the foreign power.
Earlier this week, Trump bounced from believing Putin that Russian had nothing to do with election interference – a contentious remark made alongside his global rival – to saying on Wednesday he would hold the leader accountable. But only as the head of his country.
An aide close to Trump says he has avoided outright pinning the blame on Putin out of fear the legitimacy of his White House victory would be questioned, The Times reported.
The documents shown to Trump included stolen DNC emails discovered in Russian military intelligence circles.
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