Trump gets timing wrong on Russia hacking

Casey Mills
December 16, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday questioned the probe into election-related hacking that is allegedly linked to Moscow, hinting the White House only bothered to look into the matter now that Trump has won.

Trump himself has cast doubt on the Central Intelligence Agency conclusion, tweeting that if he lost and claimed that the Russians helped Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, it would be called a conspiracy theory.

During his daily briefing with reporters, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, "There's ample evidence that was known long before the election and in most cases long before October about the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russian Federation to hack his opponent".

"The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations", the Electors write in the letter.

"This is amusing rubbish that has no basis in fact", Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

Voters largely do not share Trump's mistrust of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Even as Trump and his top surrogates continue to signal they will try and warm relations with Russia, Earnest on Wednesday wouldn't rule out sanctions on Russia for its actions in Syria before Obama leaves office.

"That's why he was encouraging them to keep doing it".

On Wednesday, 40 members of the Electoral College signed an open letter to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper detailing how the U.S. intelligence community "concluded definitely" that the Russians helped Trump get elected.

"I think it's just another excuse".

According to a new Fox News poll, the vast majority of voters do not believe Russian hacking made a difference in swaying the election.

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