Donald Trump,’The Cyber’ Expert, Wonders Why Russian Hacking Was Never Mentioned Before November

Despite the numerous claims leading up to the election that Russia had hacked the DNC in order to influence the US election and help elect Trump, and the fact that Donald Trump directly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton to find her missing emails, the president-elect is wondering why no one said anything about it before November 8.

This is one of those examples where we have video and transcripts of this issue being brought up in debates, speeches, and in the media, but Trump is claiming it’s only being brought up now to undermine his election win.

On Twitter, Trump said:

Of course, since the results are in Donald’s favor, the CIA’s belief Russia directly tried to have Trump elected is a…conspiracy theory! Can you imagine Trump’s reaction had he won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes and still lost the election? Clinton herself has stayed out of the fray mostly. Recounts are being led by the Green Party and intelligence officials are the ones who are warning us about Russia’s involvement in our election. But reality means something different to the Trumpster.


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Trump also added:

The last tweet is perhaps the most maddening.

Why didn’t anyone say anything before!?

The US was made aware of the DNC hacks in April 2016. In June, the DNC emails were released via Wikileaks and a hacker by the handle of Guccifer 2.0. By this time, intelligence officials had confirmed the attacks came from Russia. In late July, Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s missing emails during a press conference. In August, Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager at the time, was let go from his role due to his discovered ties to Russia. During August, Trump began receiving his first intelligence briefings, in which it was reported that he had received information about Russia’s cyberattacks.

By the time the first presidential debate rolled around in late August, the issue had become a major topic and here’s how Trump answered a question from moderator Lester Holt, who asked about our nation’s security, specifically cyber security and who was behind the attacks on the DNC. Trump said:

I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?

 


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On the same topic, in the second presidential debate, Trump said:

I think it would be great if we got along with Russia because we could fight ISIS together, as an example, but I don’t know Putin. But I notice, any time anything wrong happens, they like to say the Russians, well she doesn’t know if it’s the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking, but there is – now Russia – and the reason they blame Russia is they think they’re trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know nothing about Russia – I know about Russia, but I know nothing about the inner workings of Russia. I don’t deal there, I have no businesses there, I have no loans from Russia.

By October, the White House officially accused Russia of a state-sanctioned attack on our election and 17 intelligence agencies said they agreed. Trump pressed on in his personal claim that no one knows where these attacks came from during the third and final presidential debate. In campaign rallies, Trump repeated false Russian propaganda stories to the letter.

In the eight days leading up to the election, the FBI announced they had been investigating Trump and his entire camp’s ties to Russian leadership, though no criminal connections were reportedly found.

So, there was a lot known before the election about Russia’s involvement in the hacks before the CIA’s claims last Friday that they had “high confidence” Russia tried to sway the election to Trump.

I guess the real question is, why is Donald Trump so eager to deny the intelligence of 17 agencies and to thwart a bipartisan investigation into the matter, despite having no evidence of his own to go on?

Is it because he fears he may not legitimately be president?


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