Comey: FBI Conclude Putin Helped Trump Win

FBI publicly announce that they agree with the CIA that Russia illegally helped Trump win the election

FBI director James Comey has announced his support for the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the U.S. election to help Donald Trump get elected. 

The announcement makes a drastic u-turn from the FBI’s previous announcement that Russia had nothing to do with hacking the election. reports:

“Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” CIA Director John Brennan wrote in a message to staff, according to the report.

“The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI,” Brennan reportedly added.

NBC News also confirmed the report of the FBI’s assessment.

The Post reported last week that a secret CIA assessment concluded that Russia interfered with the goal of helping elect Trump.

Trump has fiercely disputed the idea that Russia interfered in the election. And lawmakers had suggested the FBI did not agree with the CIA’s assessment.

“The truth is they were never all that different in the first place,” an official told the Post of FBI and CIA findings.

Brennan wrote that he has been briefing Congress about the matter, but added that not all of the lawmakers “appreciate the importance and the gravity of the issue.”

“In recent days, I have had several conversations with members of Congress, providing an update on the status of the review as well as the considerations that need to be taken into account as we proceed,” Brennan reportedly wrote.

“Many – but unfortunately not all – members understand and appreciate the importance and the gravity of the issue, and they are very supportive of the process that is underway.”

NBC News on Thursday reported that U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally in charge of supervising the hacking operation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the report of Putin’s involvement “nothing but nonsense.”

“I think this is nothing but nonsense. There is not a chance that anybody could believe that,” he said Thursday.

The Kremlin on Friday also demanded that the U.S. provide evidence that Russia was directly involved in the cyberattack before making any more public accusations.

“They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly.”

President Obama on Friday addressed Russia’s call for evidence.

“We will provide evidence that we can safely provide that does not compromise sources and methods,” Obama said during a White House press conference.

“But I will be honest with you, when you are talking about cyber-security, a lot of it is classified and we are not going to provide it, because the way we catch folks is by knowing certain things about them that they might not want us to know, and, if we are going to monitor this stuff effectively going forward, we don’t want them to know that we know.”

  • mike

    Comey is a rat’s ass, nothing that he says means anything, because he will say anything that will keep him from being fired or prosecuted. A very unstable personality

  • Watch man

    I think these security agencies and DNC are sick. Did Russia conduct the election? Was it Russia that counted the votes? Was Hillary not being helped all over the world through financial support to her foundation and through other supports from the people of the world? So what the hell is this Russia helping Trump? Obama has belittled the office of the presidency. It’s time the DNC and Obama administration shut up if they don’t know what to do.

  • Dr John

    An article from the Hill, enough said I believe everything they say NOT This is BS

  • Monica Riggs

    You don’t think 600K emails missing, Benghazi, PizzaGate by a woman under perpetual investigation, had anything to do by the FBI cover ups, Helping Hillary Lose? To much “bleaching” on a bad investment.

  • H2O Protector

    The Rapist-In-Chief (trump) may not make it past May 2017. Las Vegas has odds on such proposition.

  • H2O Protector

    How much money does the filthy Rapist-In-Chief (Trump) owe to Putin and his gang of crime families, oligarchs, and dictators? Educated American’s really do want to know.

  • H2O Protector

    It’s become obvious now that republicons simply do not like democracy. They do not like anyone to question or challenge their ideas. Authoritarians.

    In their heart of hearts, republicons want a strong dictator to control the nation. Putin is their current model. These morons are hoping that the Rapist-In-Chief (Trump) will become our Putin

  • libby

    btw… Comey did not officially state this.

    The article linked to actually shows it was an unnamed official’s claims.

    Neither the FBI, CIA or DNI have formally backed the claims that Putin was directly involved. (Claims made on the 14th of December, over a fortnight ago and still not confirmed by agencies officially!)

    Please research for yourselves and look at the way the MSM are wording everything in relation to these claims.