Nielsen added she has no reason to doubt intelligence assessments, but her answer drew scrutiny because the intelligence community assessment from January 2017 said: "Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for president-elect Trump".
Nielsen added that Russian Federation had attempted to target "public confidence on both sides" in 2016 and would continue to do so in the future.
Indeed, the ongoing investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has made it hard for Trump to wrap his arms around Putin.
Clapper does not go so far as to state that Trump colluded with Russia, but he describes the president's attitude in face of evidence of Russian interference as one of "aggressive indifference". "Russian goals included undermining faith in the US democratic process and harming a candidate's electability and potential presidency".
She made the remarks in response to a reporter's question after holding a classified meeting on 2018 election security with members of the House of Representatives.
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Following Nielsen's apparent "unawareness" of the report's findings, the DHS issued a statement in an attempt to clarify her stance on the topic.
Looking out at the crowd of students, who wore a range of humorous hats as part of a centuries-old tradition at Yale, Clinton said, "Now, I see looking out at you that you are following the tradition of over-the-top hats, so I brought a hat too". "But I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment". "So I think what they're trying to do, in my opinion, and I defer to the Intel community is just disrupt our belief in our own understanding of what's happening".
"House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they would not support a bipartisan statement that might hurt their nominee for president", Clapper writes in an excerpt of the book published by NPR. As the secretary reiterated - their intent was to sow discord in the American electoral process.
Shortly after the comment surfaced on social media, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen.
"I know that the Intelligence Community can not serve our nation if facts are negotiable".
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that President Donald Trump had distorted his words when alleging the intelligence community "spied" on his campaign.