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    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives to address supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016

    Isn't It Time to Admit? Trump Won Elections Without "Kremlin's Support"

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    It seems that Washington is coming to terms with the fact that Donald Trump managed to win the 2016 US presidential election all by himself, without help from alleged Russian hackers, according to the Russian news website Gazeta.ru.

    On Thursday, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said at a press briefing that President Barack Obama had received the report put together by the US Intelligence Community regarding purported evidence that led officials to conclude that Russia had attempted to interfere in the US election.

    Also on Thursday, no evidence was presented during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to support allegations that Russia had hacked the US presidential polls, despite multiple calls from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for the nation to "throw rocks" at the Kremlin.

    The highly-anticipated hearing was expected to lay out the basis for US intelligence agency claims of Russian interference, but that was not the case. Instead, it entailed two hours of unsubstantiated statements, calls for aggression towards Russia, and hyperbole.

    Testifying before the committee were Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers.

    "I don't think that we have ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process," Clapper told the committee, while refusing to provide evidence to back up his claims. "We cannot confirm this," he said.

    "Actually, it means that the American establishment has stopped accusing US President-elect Donald Trump of having his election win orchestrated by Moscow. If the Kremlin has nothing to do with to influencing the presidential voting, the question of Trump's legitimacy is taken off the table," the Russian news website Gazeta.ru said.

    Earlier, security experts had expressed dissatisfaction with a report on alleged Russian cyberattacks against the US Democratic Party's computer networks which was released by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, according to the Fortune magazine.

    In early October 2016, the US government formally accused Russia of hacking the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other organizations, claiming that Moscow was allegedly trying to "interfere" with the US presidential election which was won by Republican candidate Donald Trump in November.

    His Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pointed the finger at Russian hackers for ostensibly stealing more than 19,000 emails from Democratic Party officials.

    Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the US elections, calling the allegations absurd and noting that they are intended to distract the US public from revelations of corruption and other pressing domestic concerns.

    Commenting on the Grizzly Steppe report, issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI report, Jeffrey Carr, author of Inside Cyber Warfare, expressed disappointment regarding the document.

    Fortune quoted him as saying that the report "adds nothing to the call for evidence that the Russian government was responsible" for the DNC hacks.

    Carr said that the report just mentions hacking groups suspected of collaborating with the Russian government and mainly identified as commercial security firms, "without providing any supporting evidence that such a connection exists."

    He was echoed by Robert Lee, a former Air Force cyberwarfare officer and cybersecurity fellow at New America, who was quoted by Fortune as saying that "the report is of limited use to security professionals, in part because of poor organization and lack of crucial details."

    According to Lee, descriptions of the techniques used by the Russian hacking groups profiled are "very generic," and of little use for network defense. The report, he said, is full of extensive sloppy mistakes and contains limited practical data.

    Lee comes to the conclusion that Grizzly Steppe "seems like a very rushed report," arguing that all useful data was removed from the document during its review and approval process.

    Meanwhile, Victoria Zhuravleva of the Moscow-based Institute of World Economy and International Relations told Gazeta.ru that the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing is not being conducted to search for evidence of Russia's involvement in the hacking attacks.

    "The goal is to maintain a certain level of anti-Russian hysteria and stop it from coming to naught," Zhuravleva said, adding that all this will further tarnish ties between Moscow and Washington. 

    Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said that Donald Trump's skepticism about the US intelligence community's claims Russia interfered with the 2016 election are healthy given its past failures.

    "The President-elect has expressed his very sincere and healthy skepticism about intelligence conclusions," Pence told reporters. "Given some of the intelligence failures of the recent years, the President-elect has made it clear that he’s skeptical about some of the conclusions."

    Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that an intelligence briefing regarding alleged Russian involvement in hacking the US elections has been delayed until Friday.

    Last week, US President Barack Obama's administration ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

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    • avatar
      "the report put together by the US Intelligence Community regarding purported evidence that led officials to conclude that Russia had attempted to interfere in the US election."

      "...had attempted...."

      Does this mean that FEMA will reclassify its color code alarm to where my expressive neighbors will see that they can now 'stand down'? This has been very hard on them. Their lights have been burning day and night, solitary figures walking back and forth in front of windows with cellphones, a tentative looking into their FEMA colored dotted mailboxes, supposedly looking for the "BLUE" kill dots, not eating right judging by all the pizza and Chinese cartons at the curb... Please, I think that they just want to get back to normal, and I think this will help tremendously!
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      Russia and Russian news shouldn't FALL in this distraction. They are MAD because they were KICKED OFF ALEPPO. ANd the new sanctions expelling of diplomats and all the noise, is just RIFF RAFF.
      And this is NOTHING. The next BAD NEWS awaits. And expect way more ugly responses from Washington, E.U, NATO, U.K, France, Germany. And more.

      Just check the responses and prepare to make them HURT.
      They set up to destroy Russia and control the world. VERY STUPID IF you ask me.

      They went so MADD, that they destroy entire nations over NOTHING. With BOGUS excuses.

      From now on, Russia should VETO all against IRAN, Syria, North Korea, Yemen, Egypt, Cuba, ANYTHING they try. Because they using sanctions to depose governments. ANd place PUPPETS.
      This was seen at Ukraine during MAIDAN. The WAFFEN SS , radicals running KIEV, are doing all kinds of war and crimes against Humanity . You do not hear a SINGLE word. BIDEN is a THUG and a MANURE BAG.
      That's why they want\ed Clinton so BAD.. To keep the thing going on. And how TRUMP end up reacting is unknown. As he will face tremendous pressures and extortion's.
      Some politician of democrats was on MSM, saying that Trump want to rebuild roads we could agree on a tax, for the purpose IF he overlook ... Certain things..

      They DIRTY politicians. NEVER FORGET THAT.. Once you deal all is ok. But you become a MANURE PERSON yourself. SOME maybe ok. But NEVER your resources, your cash or interests. Best to hurt them BACK.. HARD.
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      Good point Charles on FB to show aggression one must have seen this aggression its a interactive 'verb' loosely meaning action.

      The fullest understanding of use of verbs nouns pronouns etc is pretty much now gone and the English language is the poorer for it it has also lead the language to become intrinsically manipulative.

      Without forming structures English becomes more confusing or easy to confuse which certainly has been a legacy of Obama's Presidency.
    • avatar
      Lindsey Graham is being investigated.
      Very colorful.
    • avatar
      I can't even imagine how tight McCain's shorts must have felt during that 2-hour session. It may have been reflected in his responses to reporters afterwards. Or was that his usual blustery, foaming at the mouth, indignant self that they reported on?
    • avatar
      Pity you cant crowd souce brain cells so they can be sent to US govt and 'intelligence' leaders, I would be happy to donate- if i only sent one it would double what they currently have..
      Heaven help us if they even lose the only one they got left now.
    • avatar
      I like what Donald Trump had to tweet, with regards Chuckie the Clown.

      The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they..
      11:57 AM - 5 Jan 2017
      ...do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning."Keep you doctor, keep your plan!" It is....
      ...time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works - much less expensive & FAR BETTER!
      12:06 PM - 5 Jan 2017

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      I like what Donald Trump tweeted on the 5 January 2017. Nice one, with regards Chucky the Clown.

      The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning."Keep you doctor, keep your plan!" It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works - much less expensive & FAR BETTER! 12:06 PM - 5 Jan 2017 Donald Trump Twitter Feed. russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-hack-lie-peddler-chuck-schumer-called-clown-trumpster/ri18387
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      Marques rouges
      Graham, McCain and the rest of AIPAC's dogs should stop barking now that it appears Netanyahu has endorsed Trump's victory !

      But most likely, all their accusations against Russia and those in the media were only a tentative to hide the fact that the DNC Podesta emails were leaked by lsraeI, as I have read recently...
    • Angus Gallagher
      From that scam PropOrNot to the Washington Post and CEPA- the counter propaganda about fake news is the fake news. They're not going to admit anything not until the network of arms and energy lobbysists underpinning the EU-NATO Axis are unmasked.
      The establishment political cartels, the Deep State, and the lobbyists are forming a single bloc to mobilize for mass agitation.
    • Aitken
      Thoroughly lapping up the libturd butthurt. The ceaseless whining is a joy to behold.
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      tobi.gelandoin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      I fully agree with you !!!
      Russia will still suffer about the liars from the Usa terror state !! n\most of this democratic liars will still be in Us government and politic !!!
      And there will make up other story's !!! because this idiots think there are God ....President Trump needs a very strong team on his side !!!
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      tobi.gelandoin reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher,
      Hello Angus Gallagher you are right 100 % Lets wait and see if Trump can deal with it. Ihope so
    • FeEisi
      Fake news - Russians hacked the election for Donald Trump. It is a fake story concocted by the sore loser Democrats and their supporters in intelligence.
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      Graham and McCain are traitors to humanity, much less to the U.S. Period.
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      jasin reply toquestfortruth(Show commentHide comment)
      questfortruth, They are a serious weakness to US national security. I think it's time to assist, Cruz, Rubio, Ryan and a few others out of the GOP.
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      Trump tries to be a nice guy. He is organized, likes people, and is a master with media and communication. I don't think anyone else could have overcome the MSM machine like he did. And cool under pressure. The Democrats keep whining about Trump being unfit, when all they do is prove how very tough and qualified he is. Some may not agree with all of his positions, but I think he proved that he knows how to assemble a team and solve tough problems.

      It's even entertaining to watch him work. He just keeps hammering his critics on Twitter. lol Trump has a lot of natural talent for leadership. That's why he won.
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      Jail Clinton, McCain and Obama for a start. That should make the other idiots think twice.
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      Both Russia and WikiLeaks deny allegations that the website had received sensitive emails from the Russian government. A WikiLeaks insider claimed that the DNC emails were not stolen, but rather leaked by a Democratic Party member who was disgruntled with the leadership’s bid to undermine the candidacy of Bernie Sanders in favor of Clinton.
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      chrrevin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Totally bypassing the MSM, they are spewing... Good on him.
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