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Homeland Security Head Somehow Wasn't Aware Of Report Saying Russia Meddled In Election To Favor Trump

By Shannon Walsh

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen said she was "unaware of any intelligence assessment concluding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election" according to the Huffington Post. 

Speaking about the assessment by the FBI, CIA, and NSA that Putin had made direct efforts to interfere in the election to get Trump nominated, Nielsen told CNN's Manu Raju, "I don’t believe that I have seen that conclusion. That the specific intent was to help President Trump win ― I’m not aware of that, but I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment.”

Nielsen was at Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the nature of election security with members of Congress. While speaking, Nielsen said of Russia's intents, “We’ve seen them encourage people to go to a protest on one side. We’ve seen them simultaneously encourage to people to go the same protest on the other side. I think what they are trying to do is to disrupt our belief and our own understanding of what’s happening... It’s an integrity issue of who is saying what and why and how that may or may not affect American behavior.”