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Politics bog down US response to election hacks

Michael Kan | Dec. 13, 2016
Trump continues to dismiss claims that Russia interfered with this year's election, despite intelligence findings

However, before Trump takes office, President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to produce a report reviewing Russia’s alleged involvement in the election hacks. The Obama administration intends to make parts of that report public.

On Monday, McConnell declined to say whether he believed Russia was behind any U.S. election hacks. But, he added, “the Russians are not our friends.”

Other lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have also called for an investigation to look into U.S. election tampering. But the continued skepticism from Trump makes it unclear if his administration intends to take any retaliatory action against Russia.

“Unless you catch ‘hackers’ in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking,” Trump tweeted on Monday.

 

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