The Russian hacks leading up to the election seemed one-sided. Republicans explained this away by insisting that their systems were not compromised. A new intelligence report shows there must be a more insidious reason.
The New York Times reported that “American intelligence agencies have concluded with high confidence that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump.” This conclusion was partly based on the fact that Russians did in fact hack the Republican National Committee’s computer systems, but chose not to release those hacks.
Why would Russia want to only harm the DNC? The list of reasons is longer than one of Donald’s run on sentences. As Restore Progress previously reported, Donald is considering a Putin ally as his Secretary of State. He also claimed he would not come to the defense of a NATO ally if that ally hasn’t paid its contribution. In April, he called Putin’s invasion of Crimea “so smart” and stated he believed that “the people of Crimea, would rather be with Russia then where they were.”
This latest evidence of Russian unilateral election manipulation makes the Restore Progress crew very relieved that Obama is investigating Russia’s hacking prior to Denying Donald taking power.