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>> Aye.>> The motion carries.>> Senior US intelligence officials Thursday, testifying in Congress on Russia's alleged cyber attacks during the 2016 election. Including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whose office The Wall Street Journal reports, Trump will try to downsize along with restructuring and slimming the CIA which team Trump believes has become heavily politicized.
The hearings come a day before the President-elect, is due to be briefed by intelligence agency chiefs on hacks that targeted the Democratic Party. Trump is still at odds not only with the US Intelligence Agencies, but with leaders in both parties who want to hold Russia accountable for any role they might have played in tampering with the campaign.
The incoming president has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin over President Obama and cited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to support his claims of doubt. Trump and his top advisers believe Democrats are trying to delegitimate his election victory, by accusing Russian authorities of helping him win. The hearings come a week after President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies, and imposed sanctions on two Russian Intelligence Agencies.
Some lawmakers like Senator John McCain, said a firmer response was needed to check Russian aggression in cyber space and elsewhere. He is among a handful of Republicans to join Democrats, in pushing for a special committee to investigate Russia's political hacking. Although that effort has lost traction in the face of opposition from Republican leaders in Congress.