The Obama administration says that it has seen no evidence of hackers tampering with the 2016 presidential election:
We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people.
The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day. We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.
Politico revealed the Administration’s attempt to undermine the rationale behind the recount this afternoon, just as it was announced that the Hillary Campaign will join in the recounts. For more on Hillary’s sore loser recount announcement you can read my colleague, Andrea Ruth’s report here.
As we reported earlier, the push for a recount is the result of a Liberal conspiracy theory that voting machines might have been hacked. Wisconsin’s presidential recount will begin next week, and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is also planning to ask for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The New York Times reports that the administration also said Russia hoped to raise doubts about the presidential election:
The Kremlin probably expected that publicity surrounding the disclosures that followed the Russian government-directed compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the president-elect.
That was a reference to the breach of the Democratic National Committee’s email system, and the leak of emails from figures like John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
Experts have said it would be enormously difficult to hack voting machines on a large scale. Nevertheless, intelligence officials are still investigating the impact of a broader Russian “information warfare” campaign, in which used fake news intended to influence voters.
According to the Times, the Russian misinformation effort is far from black-and-white. It is not known whether fake news was circulated under Russian government direction, or simply by Russian sympathizers, or Mrs. Clinton’s opponents.