Spicer: ‘Zero Evidence’ Russia Influenced Election
According to incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, there is “zero evidence” that Russia influenced the 2016 election.
“The way the mainstream media is playing it up is that [Russia] had an influence on the election,” Spicer said on Fox News. “There is zero evidence that they actually influenced the election.”
The Hill reports:
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a joint report last week detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations. The report came as part of a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia announced by the Obama administration in response to the hacks.
But Spicer emphasized on Monday that “whether or not they were hacked and they did anything is a completely different story” than whether Russia had an influence on the election.
Spicer added that “hacking is wrong” and that “people shouldn’t be interfering,” but said the “13-page report is more of a how-to manual for the [Democratic National Committee] as to how they can improve their IT security.”
The report provides technical details regarding tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to “compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.”
President-elect Donald Trump, who has been skeptical of those assertions, hinted that he will release new details about the hacking in the next few days.
“I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Trump said at a New Year’s Eve celebration Saturday night. “If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong.”
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