US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently said, “I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party. I think what we’ve seen on the foreign influence side is they were attempting to intervene and cause chaos on both sides.” These comments from the Homeland Security secretary appear to be in conflict with the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to favour Trump.
The “attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure” that Nielsen mentioned were one aspect of a broader Russian campaign that also included hacking servers, stealing documents and spreading propaganda, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Nielsen steered clear of questioning whether the email intrusions and propaganda were meant to help Trump. But there’s no evidence, she said, that efforts to breach the U.S. election infrastructure were meant to favour one political party over another.
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