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Russian Federation increases United States spying efforts following 2016 election meddling

08 July 2017

The former head of America's intelligence community appears to be getting a little exhausted of constantly correcting U.S. President Donald Trump's claims about Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I think it's been happening for a long time". As Trump conveyed, it is not known for sure what happened.

Turning to Friday's meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clapper said Trump's attacks on the intelligence community in Hamburg Thursday gave the Kremlin leader "reassurance and encourages them to keep doing what he is doing".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that Russian Federation was seeking to "prep the battlefield" for the 2018 and 2020 elections amid suspicions intelligence officials are seeing more spies entering the U.S.

Erik Wemple, media columnist at the Washington Post, summed the conundrum up nicely, writing, "Whatever your take on the fact-checks, the media laundered and recycled a Clinton talking point without too much exploration of the intricacies through which the intelligence community reaches its conclusions".

Trump has had a fraught relationship with the intelligence community since before coming into office, slamming leaks about possible connections between Russian officials and Trump campaign aides during the transition and in his first weeks in office.

"I think, largely, if I can use the military phrase, prep the battlefield for 2018 elections", Clapper said. I think it could very well have been Russian Federation, but I think it could well have been other countries.

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Russian Federation increases United States spying efforts following 2016 election meddling

Trump has been bombarded with questions regarding Russian Federation interfering with the elections.

According to a new CNN report, Russian spies are aggressively engaged in intelligence-gathering operations and have been "emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the Trump and Obama administrations". Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right? Further, he said they were working with a short timeline due to then-President Barack Obama's instruction that the report come before the end of his presidency.

The Obama administration in December 2016 expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States and shuttered Russian compounds in Maryland and NY, but many Democrats and Obama administration officials say they should have responded more quickly. I said, boy, that's a lot.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSchiff: Trump's Russian Federation comments "directly undermine US interests" House Democrat speaks at Trump impeachment march in Los Angeles House Intel Committee threatens to subpoena WH over Comey tapes MORE (D-Calif.) criticized President Trump on Thursday for comments that raised questions about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race. And we did some very heavy research.

For months, he's battled with the intelligence community - at times questioning their integrity while castigating leakers within the agencies.

Mook was most likely relying on reporting from media outlets like the New York Times and the Associated Press, who originally claimed that all 17 intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation was responsible for the hacking.

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Russian Federation increases United States spying efforts following 2016 election meddling