The FBI agrees with the CIA that Russia interfered in the U.S. election, report says
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency agree: Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 presidential campaign were intended to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to a Friday report in the Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
The CIA shared its assessment — that Russia was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta’s email — with key senators on Capitol Hill two weeks ago. The FBI, which publicly focused on its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, had been relatively silent on Russian hacks of the U.S. electoral process.
CIA Director John Brennan told the agency’s employees in a message that U.S. intelligence agencies are on the same page.
“Earlier this week, I met separately with FBI [Director] James Comey and [Director of National Intelligence] Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” Brennan said in a message to the agency’s workforce, officials who saw the message told The Washington Post.
“The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI,” Brennan’s message read.
The two agencies don’t believe boosting Trump’s chances for the presidency was the “single purpose” of the hack, however. Russia also wanted to undermine confidence in the election.