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    Congressman Peter King

    House Intel Committee Member: We Oversee CIA, Have No Info on ‘Russian Hacking’

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    Republican congressman Peter King of the House Intelligence Committee said that the intelligence community appears to be carrying out an anti-Donald Trump disinformation campaign, as the President-elect continues to raise questions about the timing of “Russian hacking” claims.

    On Thursday, following NBC News reporting that “intelligence officials” have "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, the President-elect again took to Twitter to question the timing of the claims as they were pushed out through a series of unnamed “sources” by large media entities.

    "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Trump tweeted.

    This all comes as the intelligence community has declined a request to brief the House Intelligence Committee on cyberattacks during the presidential campaign, while continually leaking information that conflicts with a previous briefing that they gave to members of Congress. The US intelligence community had previously told the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, or House Intelligence Committee, which oversees the CIA, that there was no conclusive evidence.

    Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes stated that information about alleged Russian hacking that they received in a previous briefing conflicts with reports being leaked to the media by anonymous sources.

    “The Committee is vigorously looking into reports of cyberattacks during the election campaign, and in particular we want to clarify press reports that the CIA has a new assessment that it has not shared with us,” Nunes said in a Wednesday evening statement. “The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes. The Committee will continue its efforts and will insist that we receive all the necessary cooperation from the relevant leaders of the Intelligence Community.”

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lvarov also responded to the claims by NBC.

    "I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious," Lavrov told Rossiya-24.

    Appearing on the Kelly File on Fox News, Congressman King spoke about the cancellation of the intelligence briefing on Russian hacking for members of Congress, as anonymous sources continue to give information to the media. King expressed that he was outraged that the committee, intended to oversee the intelligence community, has been learning about purported Russian hacking claims through the media.

    “It’s almost as if people in the intelligence community are carrying out a disinformation campaign against the President-elect of the United States. It’s absolutely disgraceful,” King told host Megyn Kelly.

    King explained that if it is not the intelligence community leaking information to the press, it must be someone from the House or Senate who is providing the media with false information. He also asserted that there should be a “full investigation of this.”


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    • avatar
      CIA mastermind on disinformation.
    • juanm82
      obviosly there is no proof
    • choticastile
      "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Trump tweeted.

      Exactly what many are asking! Jeez, if the NSA is supposedly so sharp-- the hue and cry would have been immediate! No, clear as crystal there was no hacking-- this was a DNC insider leak--
    • choticastile
      Yes, we know that the documents were leaked by patriotic Americans to expose the CRIMINAL TRAITOR running on the Democrat ticket. Hillary Clinton and the CLINTON CRIME FAMILY will do ANYTHING to steal this election. They have used threats and bribery. They have used corruption. I would not put murder past them. They are EVIL!

      Credit: Red Anchor comment on RT--

      Cannot say it better meself!
    • FeEisi
      CIA=Clinton's Intelligence Agency
    • avatar
      Billions of tax payers money just wasted for useless intelligence fund.They should have known who hack who when wikileaks released the first email of Clinton.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      The intelligence community has crap to provide that is why nothing is provided. Also let the ones in the intelligence community who are opening up their big mouths provide the IP addresses to congress and show the proof of what they claim. Again they don't have proof and it's all smoke and mirrors. HERE IS WHAT IS TRUE......TRUMP WON THE ELECTION FAIR AND SQUARE AND THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS ARE PISSED OFF AND CANT ACCEPT DEFEAT SO THEY ARE TRYiNG TO DE-LEGITIMIZE TRUMPS ELECTION. SO THEY FABRICATE ELECTION FRAUD INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING THE FACT THAT MOST AMERICANS CANT STAND THE LIBERAL AGENDA......END OF STORY ! .............. Most people want nothing to do with globalization which means bye bye UN control.
    • avatar
      My only question is when does the investigation of Obama over this begin? Interfering where he isn't wanted, again.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      The Dems are all full of it. They are whining about the loss and are trying to delegitimize trumps presidency. I'll tell you what the email hacking did expose was how corrupt the White House , DOJ, mainstream media and the DNC was. I'm glad they came out to expose these snakes who hate the USA.
    • Gentle Eagle
      Why is the Obama administration pouting so much worry and ire when they do to other governments in their sovereign states so much worse damage intruding and interfering in their internal and territorial affairs, overthrowing them and all kinds of malicious attacks on them?
      And yet falsely accuse the Russian Federation again of manipulating their elections at home, when rather use Russia and Mr Putin as the "punching bag" throughout their election campaigning?
      When everybody knows by now the documents were leaked, and alleged leaker of these files, Seth Rich, murdered cold blooded right in Washington DC, literally in broad daylight without a trace of his killer(s)?!
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