Yes, Russia Really Did Try to Make Trump President

Did Russia steal the 2016 presidential election? That answer depends on who you ask.

Ask Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters, and they would all say “no.” Ask pretty much every other person in the country, however, and the answer would be a resounding “yes.” And now there is an intelligence agency report to prove it.

Following up on President Barack Obama’s request to fully investigate the role that Russia apparently played in the final results of the most recent presidential election, the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency released their latest findings, which declare beyond a doubt that Russia worked extensively and deliberately to ensure that Trump be the next commander-in-chief.

“American intelligence officials have concluded that the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, personally ‘ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,’ and turned from seeking to ‘denigrate’ Hillary Clinton to developing ‘a clear preference for President-elect Trump,’” The New York Times reports.

Detailing an extensive network of organized propagandist internet personas, the use of their own government resources to hack the DNC and feed information to Wikileaks for strategic release, and their choice not to release any hacked data they discovered on Republican targets, the intelligence report unequivocally argues that Russia went from an early attempt to simply “undermine” a future and likely Hillary Clinton presidency and instead move the goalposts to winning the White House for Trump.

Russia, of course, has denied the report’s findings.

“Russian commentators on Saturday dismissed, with no small amount of derision, the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that President Vladi­mir Putin personally ordered a campaign to sabotage the American presidential election,” reports the Washington Post. “Few in Russia have ever accepted the notion that the Kremlin intervened to hurt Hillary Clinton and help President-elect Donald Trump, but the 14-page declassified report, lacking as it was in details, drew instant contempt from Moscow’s chattering classes. ‘This is one more giant fake,’ tweeted Alexei Pushkov, a senior Russian legislator and erstwhile pundit.”

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, also dismissed the agencies allegations.

“‘Most of this so-called intelligence report is not even fabricated,” he said, according to CNN. “It does not even make assertions for the most part… it uses speculative terms… it engages us in sneaky conflations… How good a report is it as an intelligence report from 1 to 10? The evidentiary weight is literally zero. There is no evidence of any kind supplied.”

However, Assange still avoided answering any questions as to whether or not the Kremlin was the source for the hacked emails published on his site.

And unsurprisingly Trump’s team is still adamantly holding onto the fiction that they won without any help from Russia.

“[Trump advisor KellyAnne] Conway repeatedly emphasized that the intelligence community, in investigating Russia’s efforts to undermine the election, never said outright that the Russian efforts were successful,” NBCNews.com reports. “‘They did not succeed. They did not succeed to embarrassing this country on the world stage,’ she said.”

Trump himself has continued to argue that since there is no proof of actual electronic voting machine hacking, he indeed won the election without assistance. He dismissed the new report as a “witch-hunt” and claims he will continue to seek a friendly political relationship with Russia – one that includes no punishment for electoral meddling.

The lack of repercussions for the likely interference is one that has even Republicans alarmed. “‘I think he’s worried that inquiring into what Russia did in the election is going to undermine his credibility and his legitimacy,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ when asked to theorize on why Trump has been so reluctant to embrace overwhelming intelligence showing Putin ordered the hacks with the intent of harming Hillary Clinton and helping Trump,” reports New York Daily News. Graham added that, “You should let everybody know in America, Republicans and Democrats, that you’re going to make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere.”

Whether Trump and his allies are willing to admit it or not, the slim margins through which he won his electoral college victory and the massive, multi-million vote deficit by which he lost the popular vote make it clear that his win was no true campaign achievement. While there may have been no actual stealing and reallocating of votes, it’s still utterly certain that Russia handed the White House to the next President of the United States.

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180 comments

Eric Lees
Eric Lees11 months ago

Don't be so sure. So far the Obama administration has not released proof. Guilty until proven innocent?

More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign – or admit that the proof is lacking.
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/17/a-demand-for-russian-hacking-proof/

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner11 months ago

DONALD TRUMP KNEW RUSSIA WAS DOING THIS.

1] The Russian Ambassador acknowledged that the Kremlin was in touch with the Trump campaign from the time he was nominated. 2] The new frontrunner for Secretary of State is the CEO of Exxon Mobil who wants to lift the sanctions on his $500 billion oil deal with Putin. 3] Mitch McConnell stopped the bipartisan Congressional response to the Russian hacking after the CIA briefing, and guess what? His wife now has a cabinet post.

The actual word for this is TREASON.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner11 months ago

The Trumpanzees will follow Trumpsky into hell. He will not just take the decent people with him enjoy your trip.

The people here defending Tillerson and Russia are insane. Take a trip there its a dump. The govt controls everything and the people who disagree are eliminated. I am sure you want the same trumpanzees. Your bloodthirsty animals with your gun racks and conspiracy theories. You will not stand. There are way to many of us in the middle and left armed or not. You will never take us down your rabbit hole!

He will tear down every institution if allowed. He has already been elected on white fear and loathing. He attacks people weaker then him as a bully and racist What a man. Russian influence. Treason. LOCK HIM UP along with the rest of his cronies.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner11 months ago

Hackers working for Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, were traced to the DCCC intrusion and theft of emails. Also known as APT 28 or Fancy Bear, they were identified by the FBI as the group responsible for stealing a cache of DNC emails. Also, most of the fake news stories about Clinton have been traced to Russian sources, which were repackaged by right-wing propaganda outlets, such as Breitbart and the unhinged Alex Jones. The army of Russian Internet trolls are even easier to trace: Many post from an office at 55 Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg, Russia, and others work from their homes; they are paid to post pro-Trump, anti-Clinton, and anti-USA lies by the same people who control Don the Con.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner11 months ago

Helping Trump Win the Election, Putin Achieved a Bloodless Coup of the U.S. Government:

* Right after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia, Trump moved one of his gross beauty pageants there. And while he was there, he bragged about his close relationship with Putin in an interview.

*Trump sought out and got millions of dollars from Russian investors, some with ties to the Russian mafia, for several of his projects, including his Soho hotel. This included millions from a notorious Russian criminal money laundering operation, called 'Bayrock'. They have funded Trump projects all over the world.

*One of Trump's idiot kids (Donald Jr.) said: "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets" at a real estate conference recently.

*Trump's own comments throughout the campaign show an adolescent fanboy love of Putin. No criticism. At all. For anything.

* Trump hired Paul Manafort, who consulted directly for Putin's ally in Ukraine (Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after he was ousted in Ukraine).

*Manafort was being paid by Russian oligarchs at the same time he was being paid by Trump.

*The Trump campaign, otherwise disinterested in forming the party platform at the RNC convention, only fought to change one thing - a line inserted into the platform favoring Russia over Ukraine.

*Meanwhile, Russian hack leaks of the DNC and Clinton campaign are timed with the DNC convention for maximum impact a

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner11 months ago

Blossfeld: this has nothing to do with "free speech". This has to do with a CRIMINAL PSYCHOPATH Trump pledging to destroy America being give a free pass to do so. A TERRORIST no different than ISIS as President. Comments like you are "the left" just adds to the proof that it was a low IQ bunch of degraded criminals, betrayers of America, who voted in a felon and criminal psychopath.

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Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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scarlett g
.11 months ago

Milli SiteProbs M. your comments extremely timely....there are more than several Care2 posters who enjoy poking & prodding in the business of OTHER countries, And resent being chastised for ANY VIEW POINT other than theirs..........

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld11 months ago

Amazing how the left has becoming the anti-free speech party. They used to stand behind anyone, no matter what they said. Sadly, that has gone down the rabbit hole of PC speech. How dare anyone say anything against them!

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Gary Wells
Gary Wells11 months ago

Not buying it; if you're merely going to concoct an article based on other articles that were concocted by the MSM and label it conclusive proof then, no, don't waste my time.
Trump won because the dem party has lost its base of hard working middle class americans. They willingly and blindly followed the the most radical and incompetent president to ever hold that office to the far left-HRC would of continued down that alt-left path until the US would have been lost over the cliff.
He won-I'm very glad he won; he's the right man at the right time. January 20th can't get here fast enough.
Let's put the "I Can" back in American.

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