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    House Speaker Ryan Warns Against Using Intel Report to Delegitimize Trump's Win

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    House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan warned on Friday against using declassified intelligence report on alleged 'Russian hacking' to delegitimize Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US intelligence community’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 US election reaffirms that Donald Trump won fairly and his victory should not be delegitimized by acts of partisanship, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in a press release.

    "We must also be clear that there is no evidence that there was any interference in the voting or balloting process. We cannot allow partisans to exploit this report in an attempt to delegitimize the president-elect’s victory," Ryan stated on Friday. "Donald Trump won this election fair and square because he heard the voices of Americans who felt forgotten."

    Earlier on Friday, the US Intelligence Community released a public version of the comprehensive intelligence report assessing Russian activities and intentions in 2016 US presidential elections.

    According to the assessment, the actions taken by Russia when it interfered with the November 8 election did not compromise the vote tally.

    After receiving an intelligence briefing on the report on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump said the election outcome had not been affected.

    Trump vowed in a statement to appoint a team and allow a three-month deadline to develop a plan to counter cyberattacks after he takes over the White House.

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