Ex-CIA director warns about problems Russians could cause in next election

Former CIA Director James Woolsey says Americans are "looking largely at the wrong issue" when it comes to allegations of collusion between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and the White House.

During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Woolsey said the idea is "politically interesting...But it's nowhere near the problem that the Russians could cause in our next election by doing their planned hacking and putting malware into our voting machines, and so forth over the course of the next period of time before the next election."

Woolsey further noted, "There's a real danger here, because approximately 25 percent of our voting machines in the United States do not have paper backups, so if the electronics have been tampered with, you will never know, and you can't do a recount...We've got to get that fixed...The rest of this is very minor by comparison."

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The FBI is investigating collusion between @realDonaldTrump's campaign & Russia. When will the GOP end the charade & put country first?
If CNN's New Russia Report Is True, We May Be Seeing the Beginning of the End of Donald Trump's Presidency - GQ https://t.co/SjR6bg3ZW0
My column today on Trump & the Russia ties: ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’ https://t.co/bkteWj6siQ https://t.co/wzQeO6GxJW
If the Left wants to talk about Collusion and Rigged Elections, let's start with Hillary Clinton https://t.co/DhUouxSmzh
#Trumpcare, Russian collusion, & a stolen SCOTUS seat: what more do Dems need before they bring govt to screeching halt?
.@20committee said on radio that IC has "devastating information" that there was "active collusion" between Trump inner circle & Russia.
.@DevinNunes is trying to cover-up Trump's involvement in undermining our democracy and his possible collusion with the Russians.
Isn't it amazing that Clinton was getting cheat questions, Media was in collusion with her & Obama's NSA was tapping #Trump & HE STILL WON!
We should hire @wikileaks to investigate Trump/Russia. Our government can't investigate themselves out of a toilet bowl. #Outnumbered

In the wake of the election, the Obama administration stood by the voting results. However, many believe that the Kremlin waged a disinformation campaign that disseminated DNC-related disclosures and "fake news" stories to influence the election in a more ideological fashion.

In January, a declassified report by the U.S. intelligence officials noted, in part, "we assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election."

The report also pointed out that Russia's campaign was aimed at helping Donald Trump. It read, "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments."

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, however, recently denied such allegations, calling them "endless and groundless," according to CBS News.

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