Thursday, December 15, 2016
CIA Clams Up
The CIA had a lot to say recently about Russia's supposed role in influencing the election. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was particularly interested in learning more after information leaked last week claiming that the agency had determined that Russia was trying to help Donald Trump win.
So he called for a closed door hearing for members of the Intelligence Committee with officials from the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Now, however, CIA chief John Brennan has clammed up. He refused to send a representative to yesterday's scheduled hearing, citing President Obama's order for a complete review of the information.
Chairman Nunes is furious, and rightly so. The CIA is casting doubt on the fairness of the election, but it won't explain itself to members of Congress.
Nunes blasted the CIA's "intransigence" as "unacceptable," and warned of the possible "manipulation of intelligence for political purposes."
The left is demanding that the Electoral College overturn the results of the election based on rumors that the Obama Administration is now refusing to explain. This is unprecedented!
Like all red-blooded Americans, I am infuriated by the thought that Russia would attempt to influence our elections. But anyone who thinks that Wikileaks or DNC leaks caused Hillary Clinton's loss must be smoking some of that newly legal marijuana.
It is not credible in my view that Vladimir Putin preferred the election of the candidate who made it clear that the days of pushing America around were over. Clinton, in contrast, was the nominee of the party that resisted efforts to rein in first the Soviet Union and now Russia.
Fortunately, most Americans aren't buying the left's nonsense. A new poll finds that just 32% of Americans believe Russia's attempts to influence the election helped Trump, while 59% say Russia's efforts had no effect. That 32% probably thinks Elvis is hanging out with Martians too.
Some observers think Putin may have been trying to undermine the confidence of the American people in our constitutional republic. The firestorm being created by the media and the left, suggesting that somehow the election wasn't fair, is playing right into his hands.
Sadly, it is clear that the left will resort to anything in order to complete its fundamental transformation of America into a European-style welfare state that spends its time apologizing for its existence. That should outrage Americans far more than the hacking of the DNC.