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Washington Post, Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.
This is not necessarily new news as the allegations have been made for months. But now that the CIA report has been "leaked" to the WP, it has more weight. What has also been revealed is that Mitch McConnell blocked the Senate from investigating back in September. President Obama, meanwhile, has called for an investigation (for the public) and report before he leaves office. Donald Trump has been dismissive of all the allegations.
So what's next? The Obama report comes out in January and Trump will label it a political hack job. He will continue to turn the argument around so slickly as he has done to all his opponents. However, eventually Trump is going to have to deliver on his promises to make America great again, and it doesn't seem like he has the interests of Main Street and middle class workers in his selection of advisors and cabinet picks. He has been able to con his supporters up to now, and tribalism has ensured that almost no matter what they will always support him, facts be damned. Maybe...and maybe not...
One other characteristic of his working class white supporters is that they are intensely patriotic. If their lot in life doesn't improve they'll need someone to blame...a possible reason to dump Trump. The Russian connection could be it, maybe not to have him impeached but rather turn enough Republicans against him...to start doubting him. Basically Congress could function with a coalition of Democrats and centrist Republicans (are there any left?) to effectively stop many of Trump's extreme initiatives from going forward.
Maybe that's wishful thinking on my part, but if there is one thing that can stop the Trump Train is American's patriotism and their hate of communism, especially Putin. Make the public think Trump is Putin's lapdog. This is what Republicans did to Obama...making their supporters believe that he was a secret Muslim born in Kenya.