A total of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies reviewed the evidence about foreign intervention in the U.S. presidential election, and each of them – literally all 17 – came to the same conclusion: the Russians did it. There was less unanimity, however, about why Vladimir Putin’s government would commit such an outlandish crime.
Multiple reports indicated that the FBI, for example, came to the conclusion that Russia intended to undermine the U.S. political process in order to make the American system look weak and ineffective. The CIA, however, concluded that Putin’s government had a more specific priority: Russia wanted Donald Trump in the White House.
Republicans have seized on the competing explanations to raise doubts about the broader findings, but the Washington Post reports today that the FBI and the CIA are actually on the same page.
FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. have backed a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency, according to 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.
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