By Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) •
Published: 12/16/16 – 2:50 AM

The Democratic Party has latched onto reports citing anonymous CIA sources who allege the Russians tried to sway the 2016 presidential election. After blaming Fake News, the FBI, racism, sexism and the Electoral College, it appears the newest scapegoat for Hillary Clinton’s and the party’s crushing defeat is Russia.

The mainstream media and the Clinton campaign were in an uproar during the general election when President-elect Trump wouldn’t commit to accepting the outcome. Now they are the ones who aren’t accepting the outcome, even claiming that the election was rigged. After Clinton’s lawyers joined Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s bogus recount efforts, campaign chairman John Podesta has now upped the ante by calling for the electors to receive an intelligence briefing before they vote on Dec. 19.

Podesta’s calls come on the heels of a letter sent by a small group of electors to National Intelligence Director James Clapper, which was spearheaded by the daughter of Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. According to Reuters, Clapper’s agency, which oversees the 17-agency intelligence community, has not embraced the CIA leaker’s assessment. It is important to note that the FBI also reached a different conclusion than the reported CIA sources.

Given the reported lack of agreement in the intelligence community, the biased coverage of the media of the general election, and the Democratic Party’s desperate attempts to find a scapegoat, this reeks of politics. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has already said the decentralized nature of our electoral system protects it from serious disruption. The White House has previously said there is no evidence of hackers tampering with the election. And even if Russia was behind the emails WikiLeaks uncovered, the damage was nominal at best.

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There were no bombshells in the leaked information, and the mainstream media barely covered them. According to the Media Research Center, at one point during the election ABC, CBS and NBC had spent 4 hours and 13 minutes covering sexual misconduct allegations against Trump and a meager 36 minutes on WikiLeaks. The exposed emails only confirmed things we already knew: the DNC was in the tank for Hillary Clinton, the media colluded with her campaign as did the Obama administration and she is a gutless politician who says one thing in public and another in private. The damage done to Clinton was self-inflicted.

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