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Top intelligence officials to brief Trump on new Russian hacking report

Friday, January 6, 2017 10:32
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. January 6, 2017, 7:14 PM (IDT)

America’s top intelligence officials are due Friday to hand President-elect Donald Trump a confidential report claiming that Russian hackers interfered with the presidential election by hacking Democratic emails. The briefing is to be delivered by National Intelligence Director Gen James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey. Shortly beforehand, Trump called the claims a “political witch hunt” by his opponents and asked why they did not ask to examine the computers belonging to the DNC.

The declassified sections of the intelligence report will be released to the public shortly.
The president-elect is reported to have tapped former Indiana senator Dan Coats to replace Clapper as Director of National Intelligence. Coats served two stints in the US Senate, including experience on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees and is a former US ambassador to Germany.

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