WASHINGTON, DC. (NEWS 1130) – President Barack Obama is demanding US intelligence agencies investigate hacking attacks related to last month’s presidential election and to issue a report before he leaves office next month, according to a counter-terrorism adviser at the White House.
The report, which will be given to Congress but not necessarily made public, will look at what impact hacking by Russia may have had on the election last month.
“We may be crossing into a new threshold and it’s incumbent upon us to take stock of that,” Monaco said. The report will “impart lessons learned,” says adviser Lisa Monaco.
The report comes as Democrats and some Republicans in Congress are promising to pursue Russia’s role in hacking next year, even though president-elect Donald Trump has scoffed at a finding already made by US intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind attacks and leaks on Democrats.
“I don’t believe they interfered,” Trump stated in an interview with Time Magazine published this week. “That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say, ‘Oh, Russia interfered.'”
Urging that the administration declassify as much of the new report as possible to make it public, Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement this morning. “Given President-elect Trump’s disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next month.”