This whole ” Russians hacked our elections” mantra is nothing but the continued effort to make Donald Trump’s election seem illegitimate. Sorry Libs – it’s not working.
I believe that we Conservatives need to view this in a completely different way. The MSM, who are forever in the tank with the liberals, were not reporting anything negative about Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s scandals were so egregious and numerous, and all the media would report on were some stupid comments which Trump said – not knowing that he was being recorded. No one died from his comments – no laws were broken by his comments; yet the media rode that story into the ground.
Political Parties Should Not Run the Media
They should not run the media, but unfortunately they do. If not for Fox News and a few other conservative news sites, NO ONE would get the REAL news! When the content of Hillary Clinton’s emails were made public by Wikileaks, it was a service to the American people. Did we hear that the content of the emails were not valid? I never heard that. I believe that many voters who may have been on the fence about their vote, were finally able to make up their minds.
Russians Certainly Did Not Hack Into Our Voting Machines
It has not been proven that the Russians hacked Hillary’s emails. It would be a whole different scenario if a country had actually gotten into our voting machines and manipulated them. George Soros is very proficient in setting up voter fraud. But poor George must have been livid that even with voter fraud, Hillary was soundly beaten.
Rep. Franks: If Russia hacked, it was a public service
Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks isn’t sure if Russia was behind the email hacks that roiled the election. But if they were, he says, the release of information could be considered a public service.
A tweet from Rep. Franks:
Rep Franks:”If Russia succeeded in giving…info that was accurate…they merely did what the media should’ve done” – source
Obama Imposing Sanctions Against Russia and deporting Russian Diplomats
Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking
**(At first these were called “diplomats” Obama changed verbiage to “Operatives) **my comments
Obama administration announces new Russia sanctions
The Obama administration announced sanctions Thursday against Russia’s intelligence services, while ejecting dozens of intelligence operatives from the U.S., as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the 2016 election.
Using an executive order, President Obama sanctioned the GRU and the FSB — two of Russia’s intelligence services as well as other entities and individuals associated with the GRU. The cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate the hack of its emails earlier this year concluded the hacking came from the Fancy Bear group, believed to be affiliated with the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.
In addition to the sanctions, the State Department has declared 35 Russian intelligence operatives “persona non grata” in the U.S., giving them 72 hours to leave, and is shutting down two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York.
The Maryland property is a 45-acre property at Pioneer Point, and was purchased by the Soviet government in 1972.
The New York property is on Long Island and is 14 acres and was purchased by the Soviet government in 1954.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in response to the announcement that Moscow will consider retaliatory measures.
A tweet from Russian Embassy in UK:
Russian Embassy, UK ✔@RussianEmbassy
President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.
3:09 PM – 29 Dec 2016
“We think that such steps by a U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, to deal a blow to the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
The Russian Embassy in the UK took a different approach, tweeting out a picture of a lame duck and blasting what it called “Cold War deja vu.”
The Treasury Secretary meanwhile has named two individuals — Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan — it says were involved in “malicious cyber-enabled activities.”
“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama also announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI will release declassified information on Russian cyberactivity to help “identify, detect and Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.”
Obama also said that the administration will be providing a report to Congress “in the coming days” about Russian attempts to interfere in the election, as well as previous election cycles.
The president also hinted that his administration intends to do more to hold Russia accountable.
“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities,” Obama said. “We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.”
U.S. intelligence services have concluded that the Russians interfered in the election to try and help President-elect Donald Trump win. Trump has dismissed the conclusions.
However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. welcomed the move in a statement.
“Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world. While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia,” Ryan said. – source
Personally, I think that the tweet from the Russian Embassy pretty much said it all:
” As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.”