Pence: Russian meddling didn’t change US election results
Vice President Pence said Wednesday that the US intelligence community “universally” concluded that Russian sabotage didn’t change the results of the presidential election — even though officials never announced such a conclusion.
“Irrespective of efforts that were made in 2016 by foreign powers, it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence communities that none of those efforts had any effect on the outcome of the 2016 election,” Pence said at an event hosted by the Web site Axios.
The US intelligence community — including the FBI, CIA and national Security Agency — have not said whether Russian interferrence helped Trump win.
The Veep — unlike President Trump — acknowledged that the Russians meddled.
“It doesn’t mean there weren’t efforts, and we do know there were. There were efforts by Russia, and likely by other countries, to involve or influence American elections and we take that very seriously,” he said, according to The Hill.
“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russia activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” a document released last year said.
“The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”
But Pence repeated the claim on Wednesday.
Pence went on to reiterate that Russia’s actions in 2016 had “no impact” on the election’s result.
“Let me say again, the encouraging word is that it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence community that there was no impact on the outcome of the 2016 election from any foreign meddling in our elections,” Pence said, “I think that bears repeating.”
Trump has repeatedly said he does not believe that Russia meddled in the election, and has called the charge “fake news” and “a hoax.”