Homeland security chief 'not aware' Russia wanted Trump to win


Kirstjen Nielsen is either lying or deluded.

Trump Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen doubled as minister of propaganda Monday morning when she rewrote a major bit of history about her boss.

Nielsen attended a classified briefing on Capitol Hill Monday morning, which was convened as a response to Trump's despotic interference with the Justice Department.

After that briefing, CNN's Manu Raju asked Nielsen, "Do you have any reason to doubt the January 2017 intel community assessment that it was Vladimir Putin who tried to meddle in this election to help President Trump win?"

"I don't believe that I have seen that conclusion," Nielsen replied.

"The January 2017 assessment?" Raju said.

"That the specific intent was to help President Trump win — I'm not aware of that," Nielsen said. "But I do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment."

Even when reminded of the content of that report, Nielsen refused to acknowledge the Russians' attempt to help Trump. "I do believe that Russia did, and will continue to try to, manipulate Americans' perspective on a whole variety of issues," she said.

In January 2017, the U.S. intelligence community released an unclassified version of a highly classified report that conclusively stated what Nielsen claimed not to know (emphasis added):

We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.

The report also said that "Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him," and extensively explained Russia's preference for Trump.

Since then, even House Republicans have come around to admitting that Russia helped Trump win, which was probably thanks in part to the revelation that Trump's campaign manager and Trump's son held a meeting — with Russians — about how Russians could help Trump win.

And Nielsen's own agency, the Department of Homeland Security, contributed an assessment to the report.

Trump has entered a dangerous new phase in his attempt to obstruct the investigation into his campaign, and it is becoming clear that his sycophants, even ones who run important agencies like Homeland Security, are going to go right along with him.