CIA nom­i­nee agrees Rus­sia tried to in­ter­fere in elec­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Don­ald Trump’s pick to run the CIA told Congress on Thurs­day that he ac­cepts the find­ings in an in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment that Rus­sia in­ter­fered in the U.S. elec­tion with the goal of help­ing Trump win, even though the pres­i­dent-elect has been skep­ti­cal of some of the re­port’s con­clu­sions.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve seen sug­gests to me that the re­port has an an­a­lyt­i­cal prod­uct that is sound,” said Mike Pom­peo, a Kansas Repub­li­can con­gress­man. His com­ments struck a dif­fer­ent tone than those of his fu­ture boss, who called the fo­cus on Rus­sia and the elec­tion a “po­lit­i­cal witch hunt” be­fore he was even briefed on the find­ings.

Trump, for the first time on Wed­nes­day, ac­knowl­edged that Rus­sia was be­hind the com­puter hack­ing that tar­geted Democrats dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign.

As head of the CIA, Pom­peo would be re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing to Trump in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ments the pres­i­dent may find po­lit­i­cally un­ap­peal­ing, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence with the Amer­i­can demo­cratic process. Pom­peo promised sen­a­tors on the in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee that he would do so.

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