John Bolton to Russia: Election Meddling “Hardly had any real effect’
U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton, during a trip to Moscow on Monday said Russian meddling in U.S. elections had hardly had any effect, according to a Reuters report.
“I told our Russian colleagues that their meddling in our election process had hardly had any real effect,” Bolton said during an interview with the radio station Echo of Moscow.
Reuters didn’t report what, if any, proof Bolton furnished to support the claim, which contrasts with the assessment made in a U.S. intelligence agencies report released last year.
Russia denies meddling in U.S. elections but U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, personally “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,” according to a declassified intelligence report that was ordered by former President Obama and released in January 2017.
“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” the report said, adding it was beyond its responsibility to analyze American “political processes” or public opinion.
According to the intelligence agencies’ report, “Mr. Putin had “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”