DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday said she agreed “full stop” with the Obama-era intelligence assessment that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
She Said at the Aspen Security Forum “I don’t think there is any doubt that they did it, and I think we should all be prepared – given that capability and will – that they’ll do it again.”
However, when pressed on the specific intelligence community judgment that Russia developed a preference for Trump, Nielsen initially said she had not seen any evidence that Russian hackers’ specific efforts to target state electoral systems was “to favor a particular political party.” But Nielsen later seemed to clarify those remarks, saying that Russia’s influence efforts against the 2016 vote were to “attack certain political parties … more than others.”
She indicated, however, that Moscow’s ultimate goal was to sow discord among the American public. When pressed again later, she said she agreed with the intelligence community’s assessment “full stop” — which would include the judgment that Russia’s intention was to help Trump and disadvantage, Clinton.
To many, she is known as Mrs. DACA for her relentless pursuit to help Dreamers and Illegal aliens, these comments go hand in hand with the reckless need to oppose the President of the United States.
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