Information leaked via #hacking groups traced by United States intelligence to #Russia was uncharacteristically quiet on the subject of presidential hopeful #Donald Trump and the GOP during the recent election. Yet those same groups exposed many embarrassing secrets and personal communications involving another candidate, Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic National Committee.

According to a report in The New York Times' late Friday edition, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that not only did Russia hack the Republican National Committee as well, but they also believe Russian government-linked hackers breached the voter registration databases in at least two U.S.

states, though they chose not to release the information.

Trump dismisses clear evidence of Russian hacking

Trump dismissed claim that Russia had ties to the hacking groups and claimed previous intelligence findings were politically motivated and not in fact based on any real evidence.

“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe [Russia] interfered,” Trump said to Time Magazine in an interview for his "Person of the Year" award which, was announced Wednesday. “That became a laughing point, not a talking point,” the President-Elect added. “Any time I do something, they say, ‘Oh, Russia interfered.’”

The hacking “could be Russia, it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” Trump said

It was shared with key senators last week during a Capital Hill briefing that it’s “quite clear” that Russia’s main goal was to help get Trump elected as president, The Washington Post reported.

Officials from the CIA cited a growing body of evidence from numerous sources. U.S. Intelligence agencies have been able to identify specific people who have connections with the Russian government who they believe provided WikiLeaks with thousands upon thousands of hacked emails, according to The Washington Post.

Obama orders full review of hacking

President Obama ordered a “full review” of all Russian-involved hacking that went on during the election after feeling pressure from Congress-members, the White House announced. The president expects to get a report from intelligence agencies about election interference before leaving office in 2017.

The U.S. Congress will also have an opportunity to be briefed about the report.

According to President Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco,

“We’ve seen in 2008, and this last election system, malicious cyber-activity. We may be crossing a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart those lessons learned.”

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