- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2017

A spokesman for the State Department said Friday that it’s “pretty obvious” Russia was “trying to hurt” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton through election season hacks.

“I think what we know to be true is that they were trying to interfere in our process to sow doubt and discord, to try to interfere,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I also think that it’s pretty obvious that they were certainly trying to hurt Mrs. Clinton in her efforts. That’s clear. But beyond that, I’m really not at liberty to go,” he said.

Intelligence officials have said publicly they believe Russia interfered in the presidential election though email hacks of Democratic officials in order to undermine the U.S. elections process.

But officials have been careful about attaching the specific motive of boosting or undermining a particular candidate in the alleged hacking.

Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday said Russia does not want to see President-elect Donald Trump in the White House.

“The Russians didn’t want him elected,” Ms. Conway said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“You know why? Because he has said very clearly during the campaign, and now as president-elect, that he is going to modernize our nuclear capability, that he is going to call for an [increased] defense budget, that he is going to have oil and gas exploration,” she said.

“All of which goes against Russia’s economic and military interest,” Ms. Conway said. “Donald Trump got elected in part because people want a tougher leader in the White House.”

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