The 2016 election will go down as one of the most controversial in recent memory. Despite being the underdog, Donald Trump found a way to pull off the upset and defeat Hillary Clinton.

NSA speaks out

Since last Tuesday's election, Clinton and her supporters have tried to come to the realization that they somehow lost to the former host of "The Apprentice." For months, the media and pollsters predicted not just win for Clinton, but a historic one that was supposed to give the Democratic Party control of the Senate. One of the reasons people believe Clinton lost the election was due to the hacking that allegedly took place by Russia.

After dealing with her private use of an email server while serving as Secretary of State, Wikileaks got their hands on thousands of emails from Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. The origin of that original hack has been linked back to Russia, though President Vladimir Putin continues to deny any wrongdoing. As reported by Mother Jones and The Wall Street Journal on November 16, the National Security Agency (NSA) is now speaking out.

David Corn of Mother Jones highlighted a story on Wednesday afternoon that has flown under the radar. Corn points to comments made by NSA Director Michael Rogers who just responded to a question in regards to the Wikileaks and Russian email hack.

"This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect." Rogers said of the hack against Clinton. "This was not something that was done by chance," Rogers continued, before adding, "This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily." As Corn put it, "Rogers was clearly accusing Vladimir Putin of meddling with American democracy."

Rogers' comments only double down on previous reports that link Trump to the Kremlin.

The president-elect has been reported to have had financial ties to Russia over the last three decades, with his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, being linked to an potential investment in the Russian state-run spying program. Despite denying that he's had any relationship with Putin, Russian officials have since acknowledged that they were in touch with the Trump campaign during the campaign season.

Moving forward

While it's unknown if there will be future ramifications for Trump over the Russian hacking scandal, but it appears it's all but confirmed that a foreign country impacted one of the most controversial elections in American history. In January, Trump will officially be sworn in as the next President of the United States, but will first face fraud and racketeering charges later this month as the Trump University trial begins.

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