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>> US Intelligence leaders on Friday asserting, quote, high confidence that hackers backed by Vladimir Putin's Russia, interceded in the 2016 Presidential Election. And that Putin himself ordered the operations. That's according to a new unclassified assessment dropped Friday afternoon. The report coming just hours after President-elect Donald Trump was brief by the same intelligence officials he has been feuding with for weeks over Russian hacking allegations.
Including outgoing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. After the briefing, Trump's office released a statement conceding, for the first time, that Russia could have done some of the hacking against the Democratic National Committee that rocked the 2016 campaign. But Trump denying it had any effect on the outcome of the election.
And saying he would ask for a plan to combat cyber attacks, once he takes office. Foreign policy reporter Johnathan Lande.>> What we still don't know is the evidence that was used to underpin the findings of this report. Nevertheless, it's a pretty devastating report given that it's the official findings of the FBI, the CIA, and the National Security Agency.
It will undoubtedly,spur efforts on Capitol Hill to impose even stricter sanctions on Russia by some Republicans and Democrats. And give ammunition to those who are demanding that an investigation into this issue be carried out by an independent bi-partisan commission rather than by separate congressional committees.>> Earlier Friday, Trump telling the New York Times, the focus on Russian hacking allegation is a, quote, political witch hunt somehow engineered by Democrats.
They got beaten very badly in the election, Trump told the Times. They are very embarrassed about it. Trump says he will ask Congress to investigate how NBC got its hands on, what he called, top secret details from the report before they reached his desk.