Obama administration too slow to probe Russian meddling in 2016: Senate sources

Hillary Clinton said she still isn't "over" her 2016 election loss to President Donald Trump and she wasn't afraid to show it, taking a jab at the USA leader by donning a Russian ushanka hat while delivering a keynote speech at Yale University's commencement on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters at a House briefing on election security, Nielsen was asked about the 2017 intelligence community report that found Putin not only "ordered an influence campaign" aimed at the 2016 presidential election, but also that Putin had a "clear preference" for Trump in those meddling efforts.

Asked if she had any reason to doubt Vladimir Putin tried to help President Trump win, Nielsen answered she was "not aware" of the conclusion that Putin's "specific intent was to help President Trump win". "I am not aware of that".

Nielsen maintains however that Russian Federation did and will continue to try to manipulate Americans' perspective "on a variety of issues". We've seen them simultaneously encourage people to go to that same protest on the other side.

The report was the first piece of public intelligence issued by the U.S. government on Russian meddling.

Nielsen's lack of seriousness about Russian meddling reflects the Trump administration's disposition more broadly. So far, she said, the department has not seen evidence that Russian Federation is trying to meddle in any particular races this year.

The House intelligence committee reported last month that though Russian Federation did interfere in the USA election and wanted to hamper the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, it had not seen evidence the interference was meant to help Trump. "But I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment", Nielsen told reporters following the briefing.

The unclassified assessment released by top US officials in January 2017 said that Moscow sought to interfere in the election in order to undermine the American democratic process, damage Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller moves ahead with Papadopoulos sentencing What's wrong with the Democratic Party? "All three agencies agree with this judgment", it added. "It's an integrity issue of who is saying what and why and how that may or may not affect an American's behavior in what they're voting for".

"Importantly, they targeted both major political parties". "Russian goals included undermining faith in the USA democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency".

Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesman, said shortly after that Nielsen was familiar with the 2017 assessment.

Nielsen's comments come just days after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced it sided with the intelligence community in its findings on Russian interference.

The committee also issued a detailed report on Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 campaign.

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