Federal Bureau of Investigations chief James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper today indicated the FBI and ODNI support a recent CIA assessment that Russia committed internet attacks targeted at America's elections, with the intent in part being to help Donald Trump win.
The Washington Post reported the story first on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
Comey’s support for the CIA’s conclusion suggests that the leaders of the three agencies are in agreement on Russian intentions, contrary to suggestions by some lawmakers that the FBI disagreed with the CIA.
“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 O. Brennan said in a message to the agency’s workforce, according to U.S. officials who have seen the message.
“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’s message read.
Trump has joked on Twitter, on stage, and on Fox News about accusations by the nation's intelligence officials that his victory was in part the result of Russian internet psyops. The CIA and FBI declined to comment for the Washington Post story.
Norway has committed to join an international initiative that plans to raise millions of dollars to replace funding shortfalls from Donald Trump’s ban on American-funded global NGOs that offer information about abortion.
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