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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously assistant editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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President-elect Donald Trump views the focus on Russian interference in the 2016 election a “political witch hunt” against him.

In an interview with the New York Times on Friday ahead of Trump’s planned meeting with the heads of U.S. intelligence to discuss the community's findings that Russian actors stole emails from Democratic organizations to influence the election, the President-elect said the intense focus on Russian involvement is meant to damage him politically.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo got in a heated exchange Friday morning with Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over Trump’s refusal to acknowledge what the U.S. intelligence community says was Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Conway accused the "New Day" anchor, and others who've criticized Trump for not accepting the intelligence community's attribution of the hacks of Democratic organizations and operatives to the Russian actors, of attempting to delegitimize his Election Day victory.

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A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday on cyber threats to the United States provided an opportunity for leaders in the U.S. intelligence community to express some anxiety about how their agencies will fare in the incoming Trump administration.

Early in the hearing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in response to a question from Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) that he had not been consulted by Trump's transition team on the reported effort they were planning to restructure the DNI and the CIA, said to be because Trump believed the organizations had become politicized.

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During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats to the United States, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) argued that America had often meddled in other countries' elections and warned against overreacting to interference in our own.

Referencing research from Carnegie Mellon University that found that the United States had been involved in 81 different foreign elections since World War II, Tillis emphasized that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was not unique on the world stage.

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