NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely involved in the decision to hack Democratic computers in an attempt to influence the election.
U.S. intelligence sources say when Russian hackers broke into Democratic email systems in July of 2015, they did so under orders from the Kremlin. They add the attack could not have happened without Putin’s blessing saying: “the orders to do it would have had to come from the highest level.”
Russia has denied the claims as has President-Elect Trump.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
The White House did name Russia as the source of the attack before the election in October, but they did so months later. The Obama administration says it waited in order to keep political pressure off the intelligence community.
“That was an effort to ensure that this information avoided even the appearance of being politically motivated,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest/White House Press Secretary.
More than a month after the election, Americans remain deeply divided about the President-elect.
A new CBS News poll shows 36 percent of those surveyed believe Mr. Trump will do a poor job as president, 34 percent expect him to be very good or good and 23 percent say he’ll be average.
For better or for worse a majority of Americans, 62 percent, expect Mr. Trump will bring real change to Washington. That number is even higher among Republicans.