Trump Appears to Confirm US Hacked Russia During Midterms

Says intelligence community didn't want him to 'talk intelligence'

In an interview airing Sunday on Fox News, President Trump appeared to confirm reports that during last year’s mid-term elections he approved a cyberattack against Russia. The hacking reportedly targeted a “Russian troll farm.”

President Trump says that he “would rather not” directly confirm the report, but that “you can believe that the whole thing happened, and it happened during my administration.”

Trump later told the interviewer that “intelligence says ‘please don’t talk intelligence,'” before going on and saying that he never believes intelligence coming from Comey, Brennan, and Clapper.

The report initially came from the Washington Post in February, and said that the military blocked the “troll farm” to make sure they remained offline throughout the US midterm election. The group was kept offline until a day after the vote too to prevent them “casting doubt” on the vote’s results.

Author: Jason Ditz

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