As the media piles on with speculation that the Russian government sponsored hackers who gained access to American election processes and political operations, Trump’s team is pushing back.
In a recent television interview, top strategist Kellyanne Conway declared “no evidence of Russian hacking.”
Here’s more from Newsmax:
President-elect Donald Trump “respects the intelligence community,” but there is not “credible and complete evidence” that Russia interfered with the 2016 election on his behalf, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told two different morning news programs Monday.
“We don’t want intelligence interfering in our politics,” Conway told NBC’s “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer. “But we also don’t want politics interfering with our intelligence. That’s what’s happening here.”
Over the weekend, articles appeared in The Washington Post and The New York Times concerning a secret CIA assessment that connected Russian interference with the results of the election, but Conway on Monday said the stories were based on “leaked, unsourced, non-sources, if you will. That’s what hearings are for and that’s what the investigations are for.”
Lauer told Conway that Trump used “leaked, unsourced information” against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and “now, he doesn’t even seem to care where it’s coming from,” but Conway disagreed with his assessment.
“He cares very much about our intelligence community and any information that they may divulge,” said Conway. “That’s number one. Number two, you are seeing the FBI and CIA don’t even agree on what the conclusion is here. That’s very clear in the Washington Post” article, very clear in the Newsweek article from last night.”