Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies said in an assessment. Justin Mitchell reports.
U-S intelligence leaders on Friday asserting "high confidence" that hackers backed by Vladimir Putin's Russia interceded in the 2016 presidential election-and that Putin himself ordered the operations. That's according to a new unclassified assessment dropped Friday afternoon -- the report coming just hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed Friday by the same intelligence officials he's been feuding with for weeks over Russian hacking allegations-including outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper… After the briefing, Trump's office released a statement conceding for the first time that Russia could have done some of the hacking against the Democratic National Committee that rocked the 2016 campaign. But Trump denying it had any effect on the outcome of the election and saying he would ask for a plan to combat cyberattacks once he takes office. Earlier Friday, Trump telling the New York Times the focus on Russian hacking allegations is a quote "political witch hunt" somehow engineered by Democrats.