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Russia: CIA report has ‘nothing to do with reality’

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The Kremlin says a CIA assessment accusing Russia of helping President-elect Donald Trump win the White House is without merit.

“[It’s] absolutely unfounded, unprofessional, [and an] unqualified statement and accusation which has nothing to do with reality,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Monday, according to Russian state media, as first reported by ABC News.

“Again and again in various media outlets there is such information, many high-ranking representatives of the U.S. and the U.K. come out with such statements,” Peskov added, according to the Interfax news agency.

{mosads}“And with an enviable constancy, none of these completely unsubstantiated allegations are … supported by at least some information, I’m not even talking about evidence.”

A CIA assessment has concluded that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump win the presidency.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to senators told The Washington Post. “That’s the consensus view.”

Intelligence agencies have identified various individuals who helped the Russian government leak hacked documents from several Democratic sources to WikiLeaks.

Compromised sources included the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Trump, meanwhile, in an interview aired Sunday called the report’s findings about Russia’s relationship to his presidential campaign “ridiculous.”

“I think it’s just another excuse,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t believe it. Every week it’s another excuse.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate the CIA’s report.

“It’s an important subject and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis,” he said, adding he finds allegations of Russian meddling “disturbing.”

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