Appearing on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ a former U.S. Ambassador to Russia told Chuck Todd that Russia interfered in the U.S. election to get revenge against Hillary Clinton.
Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Obama from 2012 to 2014, said that he thinks Russia’s President Vladimir Putin wanted to help Donald Trump win the presidency to hurt Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Let’s remember that Vladimir Putin thinks she interfered in his election — the parliamentary election in December 2011 — and has said as much publicly and I’ve heard him talk about it privately,” McFaul said.
Putin would separately want to help Donald Trump because the two support many of the same policies, McFaul added. “It’s very rational in my view that [Putin] would rather see President-elect Trump be the next president of the United States instead of Secretary Clinton.”
“We really do need this bipartisan, independent investigation that others are calling for,” he added.
A secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election in order to assist Donald Trump win, according to The Washington Post.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. Senators told The Post. “That’s the consensus view.”
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provide WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, according to U.S. officials. The officials described the individuals as part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton.
The Trump transition team dismissed the findings on Friday evening in a rather shocking manner strongly implying that the Russia is more credible than the U.S. intelligence community. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again,’” the statement read.