The involvement of Russia in this presidential election has been a widely discussed issue, especially since President-elect Donald Trump continued to shower Russian leader Vladimir Putin with praise during his campaign.
Following suspicions that foul play was involved, the U.S. Intelligence Committee’s Democratic congressmen recently urged President Barack Obama to declassify and make public any documents that the White House might have of Russia influencing the 2016 presidential election. These congressmen did so via a signed letter, in which Politico reported:
‘In the letter to the president, the group requested a classified briefing on the suspected Russian hacks that felled political organizations like the Democratic National Committee. They also pressed the White House for details on the WikiLeaks dump of emails from top political operatives and the “fake news stories produced and distributed with the intent to mislead American voters.”‘
‘We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public. We are conveying specifics through classified channels.’
You can see the letter below:
While the Democratic congressmen invited their Republican counterparts to sign the letter as well, all of them refused the offer. To this date, the only Republican who has been in favor of an investigation into Russia’s involvement in this presidential election is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
It turns out that President Barack Obama heard the congressmen’s concerns loud and clear. Earlier today, Obama responded to the letter by ordering the U.S. Intelligence Committee to begin an immediate investigation into the 2016 election. The results of this investigation will be revealed to him before January 20th when he leaves office.
You can only imagine how nervous this makes Trump after he tried to deny that he had any ties with Putin or Russia – even though it was later revealed that he’d been speaking to Russia during the campaign. Earlier this week, Trump said:
‘I don’t believe they interfered. That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say, “Oh, Russia interfered.”‘
One thing is for sure: Trump’s NOT laughing now.
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