Politics

Americans Believe Russian Hacking Was Inconsequential

| by Oren Peleg

Recurring reports of Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election has lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for a full-fledged investigation. Yet, a recent poll shows that a majority of Americans think Presidential-elect Donald Trump would have won regardless.

According to The Blaze, a Fox News poll released Dec. 15 found that 59 percent of American believe the Russian hack had “no real effect” on Trump’s victory.

Meanwhile, a week before the Electoral College is set to meet on Dec. 19 and officially vote for president, 40 electors (all Democrats except for one Republican) have requested an intelligence briefing on the matter, reports The Hill

“We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States,” an open letter by the 40 electors reads.

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"There’s ample evidence that was known long before the election and in most cases long before October about the Trump campaign and Russia — everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent," Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, said. "It might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him, that Russia was involved and their involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign."

Meanwhile, Trump himself has repeatedly denied the validity of the hack claims.

“Unless you catch ‘hackers’ in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking,” Trump tweeted Dec. 12. “Why wasn't this brought up before election? … Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!”

Sources: The Blaze, The Hill (2), Donald Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Global Panorama/Flickr

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