[UPDATE] 4:04 PM |
The report on Russia's influence in the 2016 election discussed in the meeting today between President-elect Donald Trump and leaders in the intelligence community has now been declassified and released to the public.
The FBI and the CIA are confident that the Russian government "aspired to help President-elect Trump."
[UPDATE] 3:13 PM | Donald Trump releases statement on his intel briefing.
I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
[UPDATE] 1:09 PM | Trump says he wants gov't officials to investigate NBC tip.
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday will get a briefing on the alleged Russian hacking during the U.S. elections. He will meet with the heads of the CIA, FBI and DNI to discuss their evidence that Russia used hacking to help Mr. Trump win the election.
Top US intelligence officials have scheduled the 12:30 p.m. meeting in NYC to brief Trump on the hacking investigation report that President Barack Obama ordered.
Obama was briefed Thursday.
Trump is getting help Friday in his effort to challenge the nation’s top intelligence officials at the classified briefing. He will be joined by his national security advisers and other transition members, a Trump aide confirmed with Circa.
Trump has been reluctant to say Russia has been behind the hacking into the Democratic National Committee, despite public comments from senior U.S intelligence officials that point to Russia.
Trump Team Attending the Meeting
Vice President Elect Mike Pence, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, now Trump’s national security advisor; Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Tom Bossert, the former national security aide to President George W. Bush and now homeland security adviser; Rep. Michael Pompeo, a Kansas Republican whose been selected to head the CIA and K.T. McFarland, a former National Security Council member and now a deputy national security adviser.
Government officials expected at the meeting will be CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey. They will attempt to lay out the evidence to an apprehensive Trump that Russian officials ordered the hacking and allegedly sent the emails to WikiLeaks to sway the election in November, according to Intelligence officials.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sought refuge for the past five years in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, has denied the DNC emails came from Russia.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump took to Twitter to call out the US Intelligence agencies.
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
He went on to tweet about Julian Assange and criticize the DNC for the hacking.
Critics and intel officials are questioning Trump's actions on Twitter.
Trump will also meet with Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter.