- CIA director Mike Pompeo claimed that US intelligence agencies believed Russian interference did not affect the results of the 2016 US presidential election.
- The CIA never came to that conclusion and released a statement that clarified Pompeo’s remarks.
Following CIA director Mike Pompeo’s assertion that US intelligence agencies believed Russia’s campaign to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election “did not affect the outcome,” the CIA issued a statement that clarified Pompeo’s statement on Thursday, according to NBC News.
“The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the director did not intend to suggest that it had,” spokesman Ryan Trapani said.
Speaking at the national security summit in Washington, Pompeo said: “We conducted an election that had integrity. And yes, the intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”