After the “fake news” memes and recounts failed, Democrats hitched their wagon to the conspiracy theory that the Russians hacked the election to swing it to Trump.
Obama gave life to this theory by ordering a report for all Russia related hacking activities to be completed by the time he leaves office.
But a new report has dealt a serious blow to the already crumbling theory that the Russians acted to install Trump into the White House.
When the Washington Post published an article reporting a CIA assessment contended Russia acted to influence the election on Trump’s behalf, the left exploded.
The Clinton campaign pushed the idea that Electoral College voters should receive an intelligence briefing before they cast their votes.
Many interpreted this as an attempt at an Electoral College coup to steal the election.
But there were problems with the Post’s report, whom many – including Rush Limbaugh – have labeled as fake news.
Buried in their story was the nugget that no direct evidence links the Russian government to passing emails obtained from the Democrat National Committee and campaign chairman John Podesta on to WikiLeaks.
And now an even bigger bombshell blows a massive hole in the conspiracy theory pushed by the left.
Reuters reports Obama’s own Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not accept the CIA’s assessment that the Russians acted on Trump’s behalf:
“The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.
While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.
The position of the ODNI, which oversees the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, could give Trump fresh ammunition to dispute the CIA assessment, which he rejected as “ridiculous” in weekend remarks, and press his assertion that no evidence implicates Russia in the cyber attacks.
Trump’s rejection of the CIA’s judgment marks the latest in a string of disputes over Russia’s international conduct that have erupted between the president-elect and the intelligence community he will soon command.
An ODNI spokesman declined to comment on the issue.
“ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent,” said one of the three U.S. officials. “Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.”
The FBI also disputes the CIA’s assessment.
The Bureau argues Russia acted to undermine confidence in the electoral system, not to specifically elect Donald Trump.
Obama’s actions in ordering a review have added fuel to the fire of this unsubstantiated claim that Russia influenced the election.
But it’s a conspiracy theory with no supporting evidence.