On Monday, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer appeared on MSNBC to discuss possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Spicer, pushing back on MSNBC’s Kate Snow’s questions, agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that there should be a bipartisan investigation of the Russian hacks.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that anything ever had any impact on the election,” Spicer pointed out. “A lot of Democrats who are pushing this and clearly bitter that they lost an election that they thought they’re going to win.”
Snow didn’t seem happy with Spicer’s answer and pointed to a CIA report that there was hacking done by Russian actors, and they say that with a high degree of confidence.
Spicer reiterated his previous point, “there is no question that they did not change the outcome.”
“This attempt to delegitimatize the outcome of the election, which a lot of folks in the media have tried to conflate and there is no evidence whatsoever that that occurred. And I think we need to be clear in how we describe what’s going on,” Spicer went on to say.
Attempting to switch tactics, Snow pointed to comments made by Presdient-elect Donald Trump calling the report ridiculous and questioning whether Russians were truly involved in the hacking.
“So we have a bunch of unnamed sources, coming out of unnamed three letter agencies and somehow we are supposed to take that as gospel truth,” Spicer responded.
Snow asked Spicer if he didn’t trust the CIA based on his remarks.
At this point, Spicer went off on Snow, “Stop doing that.”
“I’m just asking a question,” Snow responded.
“No, tell me someone in the CIA, give me a name published a report, and we’ll deal with it,” Spicer shouted.
At this point, Snow had to concede that she had not seen the report in question that she was asking Spicer about.
“The same people were concluding that all of their conclusions were based on the fact that, in part, the RNC was hacked. They’ve now walked that back in the course of the last 48 hours. So my point to you is that this, is that the facts that we were initially presented to were clearly not accurate,” Spicer said.
Spicer went on to say, “I am not questioning the CIA or other three-letter agencies. What I am requesting is some of the sources you guys are using.”
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