Vice President Pence on Wednesday lied to Americans, saying the U.S. intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russia did not affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In reality, a place most in the Trump administration struggle to understand, officials have not made that judgment.
“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 impact on the outcome of the 2016 election,” Pence lied despicably at an event hosted by Axios, a lie he later repeated.
Pence later acknowledged that Russia did meddle in the election and claimed, without evidence, that the administration is working to counter the threat.
“It doesn’t mean there weren’t efforts, and we do know there were,” Pence admitted. “There were efforts by Russia, and likely by other countries, to involve or influence American elections and we take that very seriously.”
The U.S. intelligence community hasn’t reached a conclusion, nor will it attempt to, on whether the Russian meddling actually changed the election’s outcome.
“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russia activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” an unclassified report released last January says. “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.”
U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russia of utilizing cyberattacks and disinformation in the 2016 campaign to undermine American democracy, hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and assist President Trump.
Homeland Security officials have also let it be known that Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, but they have insisted that there is no proof that any vote counts were altered.
Top U.S. intelligence officials, such as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the CIA Director Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Tuesday that they expect Russia to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections as well.
On Wednesday, Pence would not directly answer whether he agreed with that assessment but insisted that Trump’s garbage fire of an administration was “taking steps” to make sure that state election systems and U.S. infrastructure are protected against future foreign interference efforts.
“We have discussed plans going forward to ensure meddling in our elections by Russians or other powers around the world will be rebutted and that we’ll continue to develop the kind of technologies that ensure and maintain the integrity of our electoral system,” he said about his briefings with U.S. intelligence officials.
Lying liar Mike Pence went on to lie that the intelligence community believed that Russia’s actions in 2016 had “no impact” on the election’s outcome.
“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 lied, “I think that bears repeating.”
Pompeo said a similar lie last October, lying at a conference in Washington, “The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”
The CIA later made a statement contradicting that lie.
“The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” an agency spokesperson told The Washington Post when this happened, adding, “the director did not intend to suggest that it had.”