‘Putin ordered campaign to influence prez election’

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence community in a new declassified file on Saturday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering an “influence campaign” to help Donald Trump win the White House and denigrate his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a bid to undermine public faith in the American democratic process
US President-elect Donald Trump was quick to refute the conclusion, saying hacking did not impact the November 8 presidential polls outcome
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election,” the Director of National Intelligence said in a report The 31-page report alleges that Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency
“We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgements,” the US intelligence community said in the which was submitted to outgoing US President Barack Obama on Thursday

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