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Clapper on Election Hacking: 'It Was Only the Russians'

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 02:51 PM

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper reiterated his position Friday that evidence shows Russia was the only party who tried to influence the U.S. presidential election last year.

Clapper told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell someone else might have played a role in the interference, but there is no evidence.

"Yes, it's possible others might have [been involved]. But there wasn't any evidence of that," Clapper said. "It was only the Russians. And they did so very aggressively and effectively."

President Donald Trump has long disagreed with the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia was behind attempts to influence the outcome of the election. He said Thursday that Russia likely was involved, but it was not clear if another country or group also played a role.

During a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday at the G-20 summit, Putin said Russia did not try to hack the election. Both leaders reportedly agreed that the issue has put a rift between their countries and they would like to move forward. 

Clapper said Trump's skepticism sends a bad signal.

"I don't think it conveys a good signal at all to Putin. In fact, I think it kind of weakens president Trump's position when he publicly just disparaged the very high confidence assessment done by the U.S. Intelligence community about Russian interference in our election," Clapper said.

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Former director of national intelligence James Clapper reiterated his position Friday that evidence shows Russia was the only party who tried to influence the U.S. presidential election last year.
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