People spent months focusing on Clinton’s emails because it proved what a shady self absorbed politician she really is, not because so called Russian hackers kept bringing it to light.
According to Washington Post– President Obama said the United States will retaliate against Russia over its malicious cyber activity during this year’s election, in an interview that will air Friday on NPR.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections . . . we need to take action,” the president said. “And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
The president did not comment on last week’s Washington Post report, that was later confirmed by other outlets, that the CIA has concluded with high confidence that Russia intervened in the election specifically to help Donald Trump win the White House. Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies publicly announced in October that they had concluded the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta was undertaken by hackers working for Russia.
“There’s no doubt that it contributed to an atmosphere in which the only focus for weeks at a time, months at a time were Hillary’s emails, the Clinton Foundation, political gossip surrounding the DNC,” he added.
The FBI agrees that there was Russian hacking but has not as yet concluded it was intended to favor the Republican contender.
Senators from both parties have called for a congressional enquiry, while Trump himself has rejected the reports and his office has derided the CIA.
Trump weighed in on Twitter to ask if it was the “same cyberattack where it was revealed that head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?” One of the hacked emails, from interim DNC head Donna Brazile, said that a woman from Flint, Michigan, would ask at a primary debate with Bernie Sanders what Clinton would do as president to help people in the town suffering from a lead-contaminated water supply.