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CIA Director Pompeo 'Stands By' Intel Report on Russian Meddling

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By    |   Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 01:47 PM

CIA Director Mike Pompeo continues to stand by the intelligence community's report concluding Russia meddled in the 2016 election with an influence campaign launched to help President Donald Trump defeat Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, an agency spokesperson said Saturday.

"The director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment entitled: 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,'" the spokesperson said in a statement, reports The Hill.  "The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed."

The CIA did not offer comment about Trump's meeting in Vietnam on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the statement follows Trump's comments that he believes Putin's denials that Moscow interfered in the election.

"He says he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times," Trump told reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One on the trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. "Every time he sees me, he said: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe that when he tells me that he means it."

Trump also said the Russian leader is "insulted" by the accusation. The two men did not hold a formal meeting, but spoke with each other several times, while reaching agreement on a number of principles for the future of war-torn Syria.

Trump also accused Democrats of focusing on the accusation of meddling in hopes of creating a barrier between Russia and the United States while they work on the dual crises in Ukraine and Syria.

Trump Saturday also lashed out at former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey, accusing them of being "political hacks."

"Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker," Trump said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump's decision to accept Putin's denial is not fooling anybody.

"The president fools no one," Schiff said in a statement, reports Newsweek.  "He understands that the Russians intervened through the hacking and dumping of his opponent’s emails, the fruits of which he exploited time and again on the campaign trail. He understands that they mounted an unprecedented effort on social media to help him, hurt [Hillary] Clinton and divide and damage the country he is now supposed to serve."

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