Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state awards ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Russian scientists, music, theatre and cinema figures were presented with a state awards by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. (Maxim Shipenkov, Pool Photo via AP)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence Won’t Endorse the CIA’s Russia Theory

This is actually a pretty big deal. The CIA right now stands alone as the one intelligence agency that thinks the Russians somehow threw the election to Trump.

It is worth noting that between the two agencies, the FBI and the CIA, the CIA is legally prohibited from operating inside the United States and the FBI, which does operate in the United States, has investigated. The FBI has concluded that the Russians did not throw the election.

The ODNI, which oversees the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, believes there is not conclusive evidence Russia was looking to help Trump, three American officials told Reuters.

“ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent,” said one of the three U.S. officials.

“Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.”
The officials told Reuters the FBI declined to accept the CIA assessment for the same reasons.

One of the officials said the CIA conclusion was a “judgment based on the fact that Russian entities hacked both Democrats and Republicans and only the Democratic information was leaked.”

In other words, for a decade the left has said the CIA tells each Presidential administration what it wants to hear. Now the left says we should believe the CIA because it hears what it wants to hear. But there is no evidence other than the leaks of the DNC emails.

But the DNC emails did not throw the election to Trump.

Next week, the Democrats will want us to believe James Comey is a Russian stooge.

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