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Trump’s DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen contradicts US intel on election meddling: I haven’t seen evidence Russia favored Trump

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday echoed the Trump Administration’s ambivalence toward the intelligence community’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an election interference campaign to help elevate Donald Trump to the presidency.

As CNN’s Jim Sciutto reports, Nielsen said she hasn’t “seen any evidence” Russia tried to help Trump, contradicting the January 2017 report that assessed “Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

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In May, Nielsen said she was “not aware of” the conclusion that “the specific intent was to help President Trump win,” adding she generally has “no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment.”

Her comments follow Trump’s own waffling on whether Russia was responsible for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Despite attempting to walk back his declaration that he sees “no reason why it would” have been Russia, Trump continues to sow doubt int he intelligence community’s assessment, siding with Putin over his own government’s findings.

Asked Monday whether he wanted Trump to win, and if he directed his officials to help that happen, Putin replied, “yes I did, yes I did.”

“Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin explained.

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Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.

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Rick Wilson obliterates Dems for letting Lewandowski get away with stonewalling: ‘So bad it makes me cringe’

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Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson dropped the hammer on House Democrats Tuesday for letting Trump minion Corey Lewandowski make a mockery of their oversight powers.

After witnessing a House Judiciary Committee hearing that quickly devolved into a circus with Lewandowski stonewalling and evading questions, Wilson unloaded on Democrats for failing in their basic responsibilities in governmental oversight.

"This is outrageous contempt," Wilson wrote. "It isn't just that this scumbag Lewandowski is slapping the committee with it. This is a test, and the Democrats are going to fail it. They're so bad at this it makes me cringe."

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Israeli exit polls show Netanyahu losing election: reports

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In a surprising turn of events, exit polls in Israel show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu losing the election. The prime minister's voting block failed to reach a 61 seats majority in the Knesset.

According the to the Jerusalem Post, there is no clear winner in the election. However, Axios reports that Netanyahu has failed to secure a victory.

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