For weeks Obama and the democrats have been crying that Russia hacked our presidential election to help Donald Trump win. They have cited a classified US Intelligence report as proof that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered his spies to influence the election. Well, that report was sort of declassified today and it is underwhelming to say the least. It has everything except actually proof of anything.
The Hill reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect Donald Trump, the Intelligence Community (IC) said in a declassified report released Friday afternoon.
“Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” reads the report.
“We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him,” the report continues.
Discrediting Hillary Clinton? That’s kind of like putting effort into showing Barack Obama is a liar.
And while democrats are squeeing with delight over this report, it comes with a caveat:
“While the conclusions in the report are all reflected in the classified assessment, the declassified report does not and cannot include the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods,” said the report.
In other words, if there is any proof, you can’t see it and just have to take their word that it exists. That’s not just my assessment of this thing, check this out:
The report — devoid of a “smoking gun” — is unlikely to silence skeptics who are unconvinced that the IC can prove Russia’s motivations.
What exactly is the purpose of releasing this report with all of its major claims if they don’t even offer one shred of evidence that it is true? I’m sure Obama knows the answer to that question, but the rest of us have to wonder how politically motivated this “blockbuster” report is.
Finally, and this is the thing liberals need to pay attention to, the report shows that Russians did not hack our election:
Russian intelligence did obtain access to multiple state and local electoral boards, according to the report, but the Department of Homeland Security assessed that none of the systems the hackers targeted or compromised were involved in vote tallying.
Did you hear that? Russia did not hack our election.
Even if you believe this report that is completely missing the proof it claims to contain, what you are left with is the ridiculous idea that Putin risked friendly relations with the US and possibly war to show the American people that Hillary Clinton is an unlikeable shithead. We already knew that.