INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA: "Earlier Friday [1-6-17], in an interview with the New York Times, Trump had called the focus on election-related hacking a 'political witch hunt' by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss in November.
The growing dispute has become a sore point for Trump’s transition team and a worry for Republicans on Capitol Hill who are convinced that Moscow had a malign role and fear Trump’s presidency will get off to a shaky start.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) acknowledged the predicament Friday, noting that Russia 'clearly tried to meddle in our political system.' "
– “U.S. intelligence report says Putin targeted presidential election to ‘harm’ Hillary Clinton’s chances,” LA Times online, Jan 6, 2016, Brian Bennett, 1/6/2017