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FBI Agrees With CIA Assessment That Russia Wanted to Help Trump

U.S. officials say electing Trump was only "one part" of the goal

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    In the last press conference of the year, President Barack Obama condemned Russia and Vladimir Putin for the hack that leaked emails from Hillary Clinton's staff and influenced an election. (Published Friday, Dec. 16, 2016)

    FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper agree with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to NBC News.

    But the officials noted electing Trump was only "one part" of what Moscow was trying to accomplish. The larger goal, they said, was to undermine confidence in America's election system.

    The confirmation that major intelligence agencies agree on the nature and intent of the Russian operation may put additional pressure on the president-elect and his supporters, who have sought to portray the government as divided about what happened.