Last Year Trump Reportedly Saw Classified Intel Showing Putin ‘Personally Ordered’ Cyberattacks
President Donald Trump shocked the nation when he refused to back the U.S. intel community over Vladimir Putin. He and the White House have since tried to do some clean-up, but tonight The New York Times has a report detailing some relevant information.
Trump has cast doubt on Russian election meddling multiple times, and even in his prepared statement Tuesday he ad-libbed an aside about how it could have been somebody else that undermined the rest of it.
But per the Times, in January 2017 before his inauguration Trump was shown intel directly illustrating that Putin directly ordered it:
Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.
Trump was ‘grudgingly convinced,” but publicly since then he has raised doubt on multiple occasions.
The President only just today said he holds Putin responsible for the Russian interference because he’s the leader of the country.
There’s also a detail in the Times report about “several human sources” who confirmed Putin’s direct role:
That included one particularly valuable source, who was considered so sensitive that Mr. Brennan had declined to refer to it in any way in the Presidential Daily Brief during the final months of the Obama administration, as the Russia investigation intensified.
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