Russia also hacked GOP, yet kept that data secret

(AP)

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded with “high confidence” that the Russian government succeeded in hacking into computer and email systems at both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

However, intelligence experts say, Russia leaked no data acquired from its Republican targets because doing so would have harmed its goal of electing Donald J. Trump as president. The professionals at the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI, reached these startling conclusions as far back as September, but when asked to form a bipartisan public front to protest this foreign intrusion, Republican leaders in Congress balked. As a result, the findings were not made public prior to the election.

The contrast between the secrecy in which these investigative findings were held and the public airing of the Clinton email investigation is interesting to say the least. However, the response of the Trump transition team to this extraordinary turn of events, printed here in its entirety, is even more revealing:

czsck7ixeaiw-bt“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”¹

I just find that utterly remarkable and even contemptible.

U.S. intelligence experts seem pretty convinced about their finding, and given its gravity it’s not a conclusion they would reach lightly. However, even if Trump honestly believes that U.S. intelligence agencies have not proved their case, as president-elect of the United States and as an American patriot, he ought to be deeply troubled by even the possibility that an unfriendly foreign power had dared to meddle in our elections. He ought to be pledging to join President Obama and Congress in fully investigating the possibility, if for no other reason than to clear away doubt and suspicion that will otherwise cloud his presidency.

Instead, the statement evinces not the least bit of concern or even curiosity about whether the intelligence agencies might be correct. The Trump team doesn’t want to know, and it doesn’t want the rest of us to know either. It asks us to consider last month’s election as ancient, dust-covered history, offers no condemnation of Russia, and instead demands a complete and utter dismissal of the issue: “Move along, folks, there’s nothing to see here. Keep moving, keep moving.”

The problem is that as we keep moving, we see the Wall Street Journal reporting this morning that Trump’s top candidate to be secretary of State is now Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. And what is Mr. Tillerson’s great appeal?

As the WSJ reports:

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, left, greeting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (AP)

“Among those considered for the post, Mr. Tillerson has perhaps the closest ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, having negotiated a 2011 energy partnership deal with Russia that Mr. Putin said could eventually be worth as much as $500 billion. In 2012, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson.

This pre-existing relationship with Mr. Putin complements Mr. Trump’s push to improve U.S.-Russia ties. A number of Republicans have urged him to be wary of working closely with Russia, warning that it is trying to expand its influence in a way that runs counter to U.S. interests in places such as Ukraine and Syria….

As Exxon’s CEO, Mr. Tillerson has spoken against sanctions on Russia. Mr. Tillerson’s work there dates to when Mr. Putin rose to power after Boris Yeltsin’s resignation.

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¹ Let’s address the bamfoozlement, because it should not be allowed to go unchallenged. Trump lost by 2.7 million votes in the popular vote, and his 74-vote margin in the electoral college is by no stretch of the Trumpian imagination “one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.” By historic standards the margin is puny, and any claim to the contrary is what is called a lie.

In his two election victories, for example, Barack Obama won by electoral college margins of 126 votes and 192 votes. Ronald Reagan won by margins of 440 and 512 electoral votes. As a percentage of the total available electoral votes, Trump’s 74-vote margin ranks 46th of the 58 presidential elections held to date.

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Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

 "Libs loved Castro but despise Putin.  Apparently killing your own citizens is OK, but upsetting Hillary's election apple cart is the one unforgivable leftist sin...." 

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Thus representing one final odious turn of the screw here at the Bookman blog, with liberals and right-wingers locked in a ferocious battle over who can out-right-wing the other. 

A hideous fight.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Our liberals are a vicious bunch, pushing ahead with their neo-McCarthyite witch hunt even despite their humiliating electoral defeat.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Libs loved Castro but despise Putin.  Apparently killing your own citizens is OK, but upsetting Hillary's election apple cart is the one unforgivable leftist sin....


@J260


Apparently you don't know SQUAT about


Pooty!


It is estimated that 21 journalists have been killed


 since Russian President Vladimir Putin came


 to power in March 2000. 


HERE, EDUCATE YOURSELF.


The Putin Murders
A Brief History of Putintime


https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/putinmurders/

Peachs
Peachs

@RantNRave Castro's funeral looked like Bear Bryant's funeral, Putin will be left is a dump some place in the middle of the night. 

rimsky
rimsky

They had a Santa speedo race in Atlanta.  I hope it wasn't on Saturday.  LOL

J260
J260

Libs confuse me - illegal aliens are free to come here and vote and engage in acts of terror and influence our elections as much as they want, but Russian hackers expose the truth about Hillary and now our national security is at risk?

rimsky
rimsky

@J260 You confuse yourself mental midget.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@J260 @Hedley_Lammar Oh show us the proof that has been provided to the courts in those challenges to ID laws.......  you know... the proof that no one could give the courts. 

Peachs
Peachs

@J260 it ain't libs, you are just confused and everything confuses you...

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@J260   illegal aliens are free to come here and vote


LOL


The President told them they could. I read it on facebook !!!!

rimsky
rimsky

Hey Doomy (J260).  How is it hanging down there?

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky the blue pill is outlawed in south Georgia..

J260
J260

The nerve of those damn Russians, finding Hillary's lost emails!  Or maybe they were just trying to help when she said she feared they were lost?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@J260 Or maybe they were responding to Trumps requests to find them ?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@J260  The Russians found "Hillary's lost emails"??  Really?

J260
J260

Libs loved Castro but despise Putin.  Apparently killing your own citizens is OK, but upsetting Hillary's election apple cart is the one unforgivable leftist sin....

gadem
gadem

@J260 Did Castro actively influence our elections? Party over country...got it.

rimsky
rimsky

@J260 Libs loved Castro

Yo mental midget you are thinking too much.  You are making less and less sense.

Peachs
Peachs

@J260 so Putin doesn't kill his own citizens? 


And since we all know he does, even in the street of Washington DC and London, it seems you have decided that is OK.  


You people hid under your bed over 12 terrorist, who you arm, in the USA "legally" with your gun laws, and practically tell to go get em!


Yet not one nervous shake, for the Russian army and espionage that poke people with umbrellas and it takes you a month to die, so the drama is not there. Maybe that is why Trump is orange, but the Russian's best interest is keeping him alive, so that orange is his own bad taste most likely. 

Arms_Akimbo
Arms_Akimbo

So you are not disputing the data revealed by the hacked emails illustrating the coordinated efforts between the mainstream media and the DNC?  Or the DNC throwing Sanders under the bus? Or the DNC providing Clinton debate questions prior to the debates? Your mysterious senior intelligence officials (the same people behind the Russian reset) opining on hacking that may or may not have occurred because of super secret evidence that they can't disclose reeks of yet another excuse for losing the election. Face it. Hillary was a flawed candidate and the Dems have become tone deaf to the American people outside of New York and California. The Dem Party, and the nation as a whole, will be better off without the Clintons. The sooner the Dems stop playing the blame game  and start listening rather than lecturing citizens, the sooner the Dems will receive respect and maybe even organically develop some young leaders into office. In the meantime, we are stuck with the geriatric Dem leadership (seriously Pelosi again?!?) blaming everyone and everything for their failures without ever accepting any accountability or introducing any new ideas to address the problems facing the nation.  

J260
J260

Maybe Obama will draw another line in the Ukraine and dare Putin to cross it.  Worked fine last time...

gotalife
gotalife

We checked russia's aggression for decades but now that is over.


It just leads to more people getting killed.

J260
J260

"Russia also hacked GOP, yet kept that data secret"...and Bookman's merry little band of snowflake sycophants are soiling their diapers over it.

rimsky
rimsky

@J260 Did Your tiny little brain thought of all that?  My goodness miracle does happen.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@J260 My goodness.  Our RWers were all screaming and ranting about unproven pay for play by Hillary.  they ignore Trumps actual pay for play and the potential for blackmail of government officials. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Did Your tiny little brain thought of all that? Oh, the irony!   LOL

rimsky
rimsky

@J260 @rimsky How about grammar mental midget.  Sorry it is your logic which is in question.

rimsky
rimsky

  No need to revisit the cold war era.

Only the cons here are suggesting "cold war" is the only solution.  Them cons have no imagination.

gotalife
gotalife

Well, the turtle finally agreed to a probe but needs to be done by outside agency not corrupt gop.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

  What's wrong with improving our relationship with Russia? 


Nothing is wrong with that. But it is a two way street.


If they invade Eastern Europe are we to sit back and watch ? After all sanctions will be a detriment to relations. So lets do nothing.


We used to stand up to dictators like Putin


Now we wonder why we dont kowtow to their wants and needs in the name of improved relations.


Its Chamberlinesque. Congrats.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@Hedley_Lammar


What does "stand up to" look like?  Where do you read he is going to "invade eastern europe"?   What should Putin think of the location of NATO forces et al near his property?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RandroidWillBoy @Hedley_Lammar What does "stand up to" look like?


Applying sanctions when they invade Crimea or Ukraine.


Where do you read he is going to "invade eastern europe"? 


He already has 


  What should Putin think of the location of NATO forces et al near his property?


It should give him pause. Which is precisely the point. 


Anything else ?

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@Hedley_Lammar @RandroidWillBoy


Ukraine, Crimea and Georgia are not now or being considered part of NATO.  When he invades some NATO allies let me know.


Again why is what he does in those countries our business?  We have no business taking sides except for our "exceptionism" where we think we know what is best for all other countries...

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

 Let's play the scenario out....let's assume that was really a Muslim prayer rug found at the Arizona border as reported by breitbart.

Oh wait, it wasn't a prayer rug at all.

It was an Adidas soccer jersey.

TBS
TBS

They retracted that story

Remember?

Me neither