FBI comes to Donald Trump's defence against CIA allegations

11:52 AM | 12 Dec, 2016
FBI comes to Donald Trump's defence against CIA allegations
NEW YORK - FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has finally thrown its weight behind US president-elect Donald Trump against CIA allegations suggesting Russian collusion for Trump's victory.

In a secret House Intelligence Committee, an FBI official expressed that he could not conclusively confirm the Russian collusion behind Trump's victory contrary to the claims of CIA who had concluded in a secret assessment that Russia has intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

"It was shocking to hold these [CIA] statements made about Russian intentions and activities, and to hear this guy basically saying nothing with certainty and allowing that all was possible," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The FBI official faced a barrage of questions both from Democrats and Republicans but he stood his ground and refused to categorically point at Russian involvement.

On the other hand, CIA officials remained adamant that the evidence they gathered demonstrated that  it was "quite clear" that Russia aimed to help ensure a Trump victory.

US president-elect Donald Trump also slammed the top spy agency CIA for its report regarding Russian influence in presidential elections, terming it ridiculous.

During a television interview on Sunday, Trump said that it was another excuse by the spy agency.

"I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it," he said during an interview with Fox News.

"I don't know why and I think it's just - you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week it's another excuse," Trump added.

Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the reports of the secret CIA assessment.

"I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. And frankly, I think they're putting it out, and it's ridiculous," Trump said.

Trump was asked whether the CIA was trying to overturn the election results, to which he responded that the agency was not actually saying anything.

He also cast doubt on whether the intelligence community's analysis is correct.

"If you look at the story and you take a look at what they said, there's great confusion," Trump said. "Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you're not going to catch them. They have no idea if it's Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. I mean, they have no idea."

The real estate magnate also hinted at the possibility of a reshuffle in the intelligence community adding that he had great respect for them.

America's leading daily Washington Post revealed on Friday that a group of senators had been briefed by CIA about Russian hacks that led Trump to clinch a landslide victory.

CIA had earlier hinted at the possibility of a general hack that could undermine the public's faith in the electoral system, without favouring a particular candidate.

Barack Obama, the outgoing US president, has ordered a complete inquiry into the allegations.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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