After the 2016 election, an angry Democratic Party turned its ire away from President-elect Donald Trump and pointed directly at Russia for allegedly hacking into computers belonging to members of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.
During the election cycle, the FBI said they could find no evidence that the Russians were involved in the hacking that led to the dissemination of information that is being blamed for Democrat Hilary Clinton’s loss in the election. It now appears the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is convince the Russians were indeed involved.
Now, President Barack Obama has demanded a full investigation into the matter through White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco. When asked about the CIA’s high level of confidence that the Russians were the culprits, Monaco replied, “We may have crossed into a new threshold,” later adding about the malicious attacks “And it’s incumbent upon us to take a stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means and what has happened and to impart lessons learned.”
Obama’s decision to have all pertinent agencies combine efforts to get to the bottom of these hacking incidences has drawn into question his motivation for doing so. According to Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz, its “not an effort to challenge the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” However, he added, “it’s a huge priority. It’s a major priority for the president.”
For the U.S. and future elections, it’s important to get to the bottom of the issue. U.S. citizens need to know whether or not foreign government are trying to interfere in the country’s political process. While Trump believes it could be anyone, including “some guy in his home in New Jersey,” the country is united in its desire to make it never happens again.