Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen really doesn't want to admit the truth about Russia trying to install Trump in the White House.
Even after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for conspiring to interfere in our election on Trump's behalf, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to be dragged into admitting that fact.
At an Aspen Institute forum moderated by NBC News' Peter Alexander, Nielsen was repeatedly pressed for her view on the intelligence community's assessment that Russia's government did, in fact, interfere in the 2016 election, and that it did so in order to elect Trump.
Alexander first asked her to explain her May comment that she was "not aware" that Russia's actions were intended to benefit Trump.
"I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party," Nielsen said, adding "I think what we’ve seen on the foreign influence side is they were attempting to intervene and cause chaos on both sides."
"But for clarity, the intelligence community did have that finding, right?" Alexander said. "Their finding was that it was in an effort to favor the president."
Nielsen still could not bring herself to say those words. Instead, she called it "an effort to attack certain political parties."
During a Q&A session at the end of the forum, Nielsen was asked about it again, and after giving another evasive response, the final questioner tried to pin her down.
"Are you saying that you agree with not only the assessment that it was Russia that interfered, but that their intention was to help Donald Trump and to disadvantage Hillary Clinton, and can you just say those words very simply and directly?"
"I ... I agree with the intel community's assessment, full stop," Nielsen replied, then launched into another digression.
As that questioner pointed out, the fact that Russia interfered on Trump's behalf has been known since before he took office.
But Nielsen is so devoted to the lies of the Trump presidency that even when repeatedly confronted with that truth, even after the dozen indictments that were handed down last week, she was able only to admit the truth in the most passive of terms.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.