With the nation gripped by the thoroughly unsubstantiated "Russian hacking" scandal, which last night escalated to include Putin himself according to an NBC report which provided nothing new, Trump threw himself in the fray on Thursday morning when he raised more questions on Twitter about Russia's reported role in cyber attacks on U.S. political parties and individuals as well as the timing of the White House's response under President Barack Obama.
"If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Trump has repeatedly dismissed reports over the Russian hacking as "ridiculous," and accused Democrats are upset that Trump won the Nov. 8 presidential election over their candidate, Hillary Clinton. In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against U.S. political organizations ahead of the election. Obama said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences and last week ordered a review by the U.S. intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile NBC News reported late Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials have "a high level of confidence" that Putin was personally involved in the Russian cyber campaign against the United States.
The CIA has assessed that the attacks were aimed at helping Trump win the 2016 election, a position not endorsed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) or the FBI, according to a senior U.S. official, due to lack of creible evidence, which suggests that Trump is correct in questioning the narrative being spun by the White House.
Meanwhile, the push to overturn the will of the people continues, with a full court press on the country's 538 electors, in a desperate attempt by the administration, democrats and now, celebrities, to get at least 37 republican Electors to change their vote from Trump to "someone else."
We anticipate this story won't end until Monday's vote.