Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., put her foot in her mouth (again) when she incorrectly stated Saturday that all 17 intelligence agencies confirmed that Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election, reigniting the same fake news story that major media outlets have recently had to issue corrections on.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Waters falsely claimed that 17 agencies found evidence of Russia’s meddling.
But, Waters didn’t stop there. She continued to accuse Trump and his team for not “delving deeply into why Putin and people in the Kremlin and others may have been involved in this hacking and you know they didn’t talk about our intelligence agency,” Waters told the MSNBC host. “Seventeen of them who have concluded that, yes, they were involved in the hacking, the undermining of our election, the undermining of our democracy.”
Ironically, it was only last week that the Associated Press (AP) issued a correction on four reports that falsely alleged that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies “agreed” that Russia hacked the Democratic emails in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
The New York Times offered a similar correction to a June 29 story titled “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies,” which wrongly claimed that all 17 agencies approved the assessment.
The notion that all 17 agencies confirmed findings was officially debunked when Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper set the record straight when he testified on May 8.
“The [intelligence community assessment] was a coordinated product from three agencies: CIA, NSA and the FBI, not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three, under the aegis of my former office,” Clapper said.
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