Obama Orders 'Full Review' of Election Hacking Claims
He wants it before he leaves office
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2016 11:29 AM CST
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama greet each other in China in September.   (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

(Newser) – President Obama wants a "full review" of allegations that Russia interfered in the US election via hacking to be completed before he leaves office, reports Politico. Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco made the announcement Friday, noting that the review would also cover threats from outside Russia, per the Huffington Post. The resulting report will be shared with members of Congress, but Monaco didn't say whether it would be made public. The move likely won't please Donald Trump, who again this week dismissed the allegations against Moscow.

The White House accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the election back in October, but offered no evidence. The allegations came after breaches of the Democratic National Committee, notes the Washington Post. A research group has since claimed that 15 million Americans perused fake election news spread from Russia. "We may have crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that … to understand what this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned," Monaco says. Republican senators previously announced their intention to investigate Russian hacking claims.

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