Russia’s Role in Presidential Election (CIA and FBI Disagree)

Saint Basil Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, Russia
Saint Basil Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, Russia

During the 2016 presidential campaign, when WikiLeaks started releasing those emails that were so damning for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, it seemed like the only answer she or her surrogates had, was one response; “It was the Russians.”
The ridiculousness of it wasn’t lost on the American public. It became part of our vernacular. We started blaming the Russians for everything. Late for work? The Russians did it. Too cold outside? Probably the Russians. Too much cream in your coffee? Those darned Russians.
What WAS lost on the Clinton campaign was the fact that people cared a lot less about how we GOT the emails than what was IN them. It was almost as if people were just so glad to finally see some real evidence against the woman whom many considered a liar and a crook, that nothing else really mattered. But, Clinton didn’t just blame the Russians for her email leaks. She also spent the tail-end of her campaign trying to create the perception of a “bromance” between President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Then, about a month before the election, the U.S. government publicly accused Russia of using cyber attacks against Democratic party organizations to influence the election. However, at the time, intelligence officials did not go as far as to say whether the attacks favored Trump or Clinton.
Last week, the CIA revealed their most recent, top-secret assessment of the situation to lawmakers in Washington. The CIA, by consensus, now believes that the Russians tampered with the American presidential election specifically to help Trump get elected president.
This news has lit a fire on Capitol Hill. President Obama has ordered a special investigation into the role Russia played in influencing the election—with a report due back to him before he leaves office—and several senators have urged a congressional investigation.
But the FBI differs with the CIA on its conclusions. While both intelligence agencies seem to have concluded that Russia did in fact tamper with our presidential election, they disagree on whether the Russians were trying to influence it in either candidate’s favor.
Trump doesn’t believe the CIA’s conclusion either. Trump advisor and former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Trump believes there is no evidence or citable sources to support the allegation that Russia tried to get him elected.
So how do we as a nation move forward with this? Do we believe the CIA’s conclusions about Russia? If so, do we just let it go and hope that Russia or some other foreign country doesn’t do it again in the future? If we follow up with more investigations, will those results be used against President Trump to delegitimize his presidency?
Before we can answer those questions, we must first agree that there is no way of ever really knowing for sure what real impact Russia might have had on the 2016 election. The election is over. It’s history. But, we all should also agree that nobody wants Russia or any other foreign country trying to influence the outcome of our elections now, or in the future.
We need to do whatever is necessary to make sure this situation doesn’t happen again. That being said, whether the DNC email leaks came from foreign or domestic interest—the fact is; the emails were deemed real (not fakes).
As Americans, do we care how we get the truth or do we just want the truth any way we can get it?

Would you change your vote if you found out the tampering was indeed foreign vs. domestic?