- Mike Pompeo made the remarks during an intelligence agency dinner Tuesday
- The CIA boss said Russia ‘clearly’ meddled, but that it was not unique to Trump
- ‘They’ve been at this a hell of a long time,’ the former Kansas congressman said
- The remarks came as the Trump team was embroiled in another Russian scandal
Liam Quinn For Dailymail.com
CIA Director Mike Pompeo has stated Russia ‘clearly’ meddled in the election last year.
Pompeo, who was appointed to serve as Trump’s head of the CIA in January this year, made the comment during an Intelligence and National Security Alliance dinner on Tuesday night.
However, despite the admission, Pompeo made a point to state he believes Russia has done so for a long time and interference was not unique to the Trump campaign, CBS News reports.
‘They’ve been at this a hell of a long time,’ the former congressman from Kansas said at the event.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo has stated Russia ‘clearly’ meddled in the election last year
The 53-year-old made the remarks as the Trump administration was caught in yet another Russia controversy, this time Donald Jr’s meeting with a Moscow-linked lawyer.
Trump Jr published emails detailing his conversations ahead of a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, in which he was seen discussing his desire to get ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton – despite being told the information potentially on offer to him from the attorney came from the Russian government.
Don Jr admitted he ‘would have done things differently’ during an interview with pro-Trump Fox News host, Sean Hannity.
Pompeo was a controversial choice to lead the CIA, with Democrats protesting against the confirmation.
The 53-year-old has previously defended waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ by declaring they are ‘within the law’, while he also was a vocal opponent of President Barack Obama’s attempts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
‘They’ve been at this a hell of a long time,’ told those in attendance at an intelligence agency dinner on Tuesday
The comment meant Pompeo did not suggest the meddling was unique to Trump’s campaign. Trump is pictured on the White House lawn on July 8