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Comey: Russia Hacked GOP State Races And RNC Domains — But Not Trump Campaign

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FBI director Comey and other intelligence chiefs testifying on Russian interference in US presidential election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia hacked into Republican state political campaigns and old email domains of the Republican National Committee but there is no evidence it successfully penetrated President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday.

Comey also told lawmakers Russia did not release information obtained from the state campaigns or the old RNC email domains, comments that may buttress the U.S. intelligence view that Moscow tried to help Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

U.S. intelligence agencies on Friday released an assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort to help Republican Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.

The report, which omitted classified details, was the U.S. government’s starkest public description of what it says was a Russian effort to manipulate the American electoral process by leaking hacked emails from Democrats.

Russia has denied interfering in the election but President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian suspected spies from the United States and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies last month in response to the allegations. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference on Tuesday those penalties were “a start and not the end” of U.S. retaliation for the hacks, and senior officials have suggested covert action may be taken.

Comey told lawmakers the Federal Bureau of Investigation “did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign, or the current RNC, was successfully hacked.” He did not say whether Russia had tried to hack Trump’s campaign.

Trump has disputed the accusations of Russian cyber attacks during the election, but his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that the New York businessman accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia was responsible, and that further action may be taken against Moscow.

Comey declined to comment on whether or not the FBI might be investigating links between Russia and associates of Trump, who frequently called during the campaign for improved relations between Washington and Moscow.

The FBI director was pressed by Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, to publicly provide a declassified answer to the question before Jan. 20, the day Trump will be inaugurated, but Comey suggested he would unable to do so.

Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the director of national intelligence, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the chief of the National Security Agency at a time of controversy in Washington about the 2016 election.

Testifying before Congress for the first time since Trump beat Clinton on Nov. 8, Comey has been criticized by Democrats for statements about a separate investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

The controversy over Russia’s alleged role in attempting to influence the election has roiled Washington, with Democratic lawmakers calling for an independent commission to investigate the matter and Republicans worried that the affair might call into question the legitimacy of Trump’s victory.

Comey said there was evidence Russia hacked Republican state-level political campaigns and “old” email domains that the RNC was no longer using.

In contrast, Friday’s report assessed that Russian military intelligence used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks, DCLeaks.com and the Guccifer 2.0 “persona” to release emails that it had acquired from the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats as part of the effort to help Trump and harm Clinton.

The DNC denied “multiple requests” made by the FBI to examine its hacked servers, Comey said. He added that his agents relied on a forensic analysis conducted by the cyber security firm CrowdStrike, which was hired by the DNC to help clean up the hack when it was detected last spring.

Senior U.S. Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking to impose a wide range of sanctions on Russia over its cyber activities and actions in Syria and Ukraine.

(Reporting by Dustin Volz and Jonathan Landay; additional reporting by Idrees Ali; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Tom Brown)

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34 Comments

  1. Daniel Jones January 11, 2017

    James is such a blatant liar that Donald Trump respects him.

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  2. yabbed January 11, 2017

    Comey is a partisan hack creep of the first order. He made specific intimations about Hillary Clinton requiring an investigation by the FBI within days of the election but now continues to protect ThePervertTrump and his treachery against the wholeness of the United States of America. Do none dare call it treason?

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  3. stcroixcarp January 11, 2017

    I wonder if the Ruskies also hacked the computers of the religious right like Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Tony Perkins etc. They probably found some great porn.

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  4. FireBaron January 11, 2017

    And Teflon Donnie holds his breath, jumps up and down, and tweets that these are fake news and lies from the pits of Hell!
    Sorry, TD, but your chickens are coming home to roost. Don’t be surprised to find that “high crimes and misdemeanors” waved under your nose. Then Paul Ryan will be forced to empower an Impeachment committee.

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    1. Dominick Vila January 11, 2017

      The only problem with that is that if The Donald has to leave, either because he is impeached or because he can’t stand the “abuse”, we will end up with Mike Pence, a much more dangerous ideologue than our infantile President elect.

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      1. Mama Bear January 11, 2017

        you are right, Dom. Pence is the most frightening person in the WH and maybe even on Capitol Hill.

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        1. latebloomingrandma January 11, 2017

          And thus, someone whom we will never know is saying “Don’t you love it when a plan comes together.”

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          1. Mama Bear January 11, 2017

            ‘fraid that might be right on the money.

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  5. Dominick Vila January 11, 2017

    After calling Hillary Clinton crooked Hillary for over a year, accusing her of being in the pockets of Wall Street, and blaming the DNC’s incompetence for the hacking; the irony of what has just emerged is inescapable. The difference is that instead of worrying about what a presidential candidate may have done or said, we are now stuck with a man beholden to the Kremlin, and the KGB, for his dubious “victory”. I wonder what Vladimir is going to ask in return for his pay for play involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign? Will Melania, a woman born in the communist Soviet Union, serve as an intermediary?
    Every single American who lost their lives fighting communism must be turning in their graves…while 1/3 of “patriots” among us cheer the new Tzar because he promised to Make us Great Again.

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    1. itsfun January 11, 2017

      Dom: The so-called report has already been proven false. The President-elect has never even met Putin face to face. There is NOTHING dubious about the victory of President-elect Trump. There was no hacking of any voting machines. Now you even have the gull to try and put suspicion on the wife of the President-elect. There is absolutely no evidence of the President-elect being beholden to the Kremlin. You have always been above posting false and made up news. You are now making up news. You also call President-elect Trump a “Tzar” Wasn’t it Obama who starting naming Tzars to government positions. That Is the wording used by Obama. You have always been above this fake crap. Do you hate the President-elect so much you are willing to compromise your own values to try and harm the new President?

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      1. jmprint January 11, 2017

        It has not been proven anything. You are saying a lie. Ivanka had lunch with Putin’s wife, that’s about as close as you can get to Putin without looking like you are talking to Putin. You in past conversation were so sure that the republicans didn’t get hacked and here is proof. See you are not ever right. You already new you were voting for a fraud, a rapist, a con man, a liar and a pussie grabber, so why are you so surprised, really harm the new president?

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        1. itsfun January 11, 2017

          Where did I say Republicans didn’t get hacked? I did not vote for a fraud, rapist, con man, liar, or a grabber. If I ever did, it was when I voted for Bill Clinton. The article even used a man with the same name as a Trump staffer as evidence.

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      2. latebloomingrandma January 11, 2017

        The American use of the word “czar” to denote a policy manager was first used by Nixon, and every President thereafter. It’s funny how this President-elect is playing footsie with a Communist, yet there is no outrage beyond pitiful tweets. Yet, Bernie, who is a Democratic Socialist is proclaimed a Communist. It seems that people don’t know the difference.

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        1. idamag January 11, 2017

          They don’t. Norway is one country that is a role model of democratic socialism. Money is not allowed in politics. There is no poverty. Children do not die of cancer because their parents cannot afford treatment. Or, people don’t lose their homes because of medical bills. Norway has the highest standard of education in the world and it doesn’t cost a dime. There is no poverty. The elderly isn’t faced with giving up their rights to their property for nursing care in a facility. They have had assisted living facilities for years and it doesn’t cost 7 thousand dollars a month. It is free.

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  6. Eleanore Whitaker January 11, 2017

    Look, Putin was KGB. This is a guy who knows his way around intel. Why wouldn’t he want to make sure the GOP didn’t have any whistleblowers or disloyal party members? The KGB is notorious for securing “loyalty” any way they have to…including murder.

    It was Trump who indicted himself when he tweeted, “I know more about hacking than anyone.” You bet he does. He was trained by Putin on the ins and outs of how to rig a US election.

    The problem now is who in the GOP knew all about it and did nothing?

    Yesterday, Comey of the FBI, once again hid in a back room with his majority GOP in “dicussions” he “couldn’t talk about.” Oh puhlease…more lame brained excuses? It’s awfully funny how he was so forthcoming about Hillary’s emails 2 weeks before the election.

    The joke here is that an espionage writer like Malcolm Nance with years of spy experience could figure out that Trump was acting on behalf of Putin based simply on Trump’s own defence of Putin. Where is the surprise now that Trump spent a lot of time in Russia?

    The idea that Americans do not NEED to know is typical CEO BS strategy. The idea that Americans should forget what Trump has done in the past is about as insane as it needs to get. The idea that “we knew who Trump” was is also BS. Do we know what’s in his tax records? Who in Russia he has done business with? The typical CEO treasures that proprietary information BS as if it was gold.

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    1. nicole.davis January 11, 2017

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 11, 2017

        Nicole can’t earn an honest living. She has no sense of self respect. More’s the pity.

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    2. nicole.davis January 11, 2017

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      1. zorro037 January 11, 2017

        Nicole please get a real job.

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    3. idamag January 11, 2017

      I feel your anger because it matches mine.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 11, 2017

        I think more than anger, I feel that a serious breach of public trust has been committed by Trump and the Republican Party. As an American, I think the Republican games have made it impossible to view them as a political entity we can ever again trust. They breached public trust by smearing Hillary’s reputation for the sole purpose of winning the election “by any means,” something no Founding Father would have EVER allowed.

        I am not the kind of person who automatically assumes a person is a liar…But how on earth can anyone believe a word out of Trump’s mouth when he lies and then thinks we must just pretend we didn’t hear them? How does that work for our kids? I am so ashamed that the Republican Party of which I was a member for 33 years has stooped to such low levels.

        I rarely get angry. I get even.

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        1. idamag January 11, 2017

          I no longer view them as a political entity. I view them as a danger to democracy. The fascists usurped the Republican Party because they were easy.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

            I so agree. There are not enough Dems willing to duke it out with the big mouth Republicans. When you watch them in session on CNN, you see how the Republicans bully the Dems. They start discussing a piece of legislation or proposal, allow a Dem to speak ALWAYS followed by an alternate view by the Republicans. Since Reagan this has been their strategy: Get the last word whether it is right or wrong. Power is not democracy when it is in one party’s hands only.

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          2. dpaano January 12, 2017

            As I’ve said MANY times, we need to keep in constant touch with our respective politicians in Washington, D.C. and let them know that they need to speak out for us because we’re watching them closely! If they can’t take the heat….they need to get out of the kitchen, so to speak! This is THEIR time to speak up and to speak loudly! As one of our illustrious presidents said….they need to “speak loudly and carry a BIG stick!” We just need to keep reminding them that we’re here supporting them and will keep supporting them unless they don’t do the jobs we pay them to do!

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  7. jmprint January 11, 2017

    I don’t have much respect for Comey, he already new about these allegation, but he elected to go public with what he had on Clinton instead, which was nothing. He didn’t want his name on any of this, now he wants to be secretive about it.

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    1. dpaano January 11, 2017

      Of course he does, it’s job security. He’s only into 4 years of a 10-year contract! Do you expect him to say anything bad about Trump and possibly lose his cushy job? Seriously?

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      1. idamag January 11, 2017

        If he had any decency.

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        1. dpaano January 12, 2017

          That went out the window when he released the info just before the election that hurt Hillary’s campaign.

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    2. Nativegrammy January 11, 2017

      You know I used to believe that Comey must have had some sort of character because he refused to let then Atty. Gen Ashcroft while hospitalized with pancreatitis be taken advantage of by Gonzales and Andy Card to sign off on the extension of warrantless domestic spying even though to a certain degree he might have been insulted that while so sick Ashcroft had transferred his power as Atty. General to Comey……But after what Comey did to Hillary Clinton I am thoroughly disgusted and have no faith in this man who clearly is, as ever, a partisan hack, clearly Pres. Obama had more faith in this man than he should of. The fact he would not divulge what he thinks of the Russian interference in our elections or if the FBI will or will not investigate this sickening turn of events or made what he new public prior to the election, what a friggin’ hypocrite. Geeze, can it get much worse…..The existence of Trump as a candidate and now as Pres. elect, it feels as if he is just DESTRUCTION to our country and institutions in the form of a human being, and I use the term human being in the very limited description of the words, two arms, legs, eyes, ears and a nose, very little Neanderthal brain. It also feels like it’s been YEARS since Trump was “elected” with all his asinine comments, tweets and obscene behavior, and it’s only been not even two months……..God Almighty this is going to be a looooonnnnnggg 4 years.

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  8. idamag January 11, 2017

    Comey, you sleezy peesa why didn’t you put that out there before the election?

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    1. dpaano January 11, 2017

      Agreed….after all, he was pretty quick about putting out BS about Hillary and additional e-mails! Interesting, isn’t it?

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      1. idamag January 11, 2017

        I talked about, earlier, about using postcards and one liners. Something like this should have gone out in October, “The ACA health care reform is all we have. Shouldn’t we wait until something else is on the table before we repeal it?

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  9. EMS January 11, 2017

    Of course they didn’t include the Trump campaign in hacking the RNC. They didn’t need to. They already knew all they needed to know about Trump. Some might see that as “evidence”.

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  10. johninPCFL January 12, 2017

    Why would they bother hacking Agent Orange’s campaign? They already had “No Browns” Bannon, “My Main Man” Manafort, and Agent Orange himself inside.

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