No proof Russian hacking influenced U.S.
election: Trump spokesman
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[January 03, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No evidence
has emerged to suggest Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the
U.S. presidential election and it would be irresponsible to jump to
conclusions before receiving a final intelligence report, Donald Trump's
spokesman said on Monday.
"There is zero evidence that they influenced the election," Sean Spicer
told Fox News.
Due to become White House press secretary when Trump enters the White
House on Jan. 20, Spicer told CNN the president-elect would see the
intelligence report once it was completed later this week. On Saturday,
Trump warned against being quick to pin the blame on Russia for the
hacking of U.S. emails.
"The idea that we're jumping to conclusions before we have a final
report is irresponsible," Spicer told CNN.
President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed
sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies last week for alleged
Kremlin involvement in hacking that intelligence officials said aimed to
help the Republican Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8
Leading lawmakers from both parties have voiced alarm at the suggestion
of Russian interference, whether or not it made a difference in the
Republican John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,
has scheduled a Thursday hearing on foreign cyber threats. The new
Congress, elected on Nov. 8, takes office on Tuesday.
Calling for closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump has
repeatedly played down the hacking affair.
Over the weekend Trump said he knew "things that other people don't
know" and would disclose some information on the issue on Tuesday or
Wednesday. He gave no further detail.
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Chief Strategist & Communications Director for the Republican
National Committee Sean Spicer arrives in the lobby of Republican
president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York,
U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
"He's going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things
stand," Spicer told CNN. "He's not going to reveal anything that was
privileged or shared with him classified."
On Sunday Spicer said the White House may have disproportionately
"It's baffling," U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on
the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC on Monday.
"President-elect Trump does not have any better information than
A Gallup Poll released on Monday showed less than half of Americans
were confident in Trump's ability to handle an international crisis,
to use military force wisely or to prevent major scandals in his
The poll said at least seven in 10 Americans were confident in
presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in those areas
before they took office.
(Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Howard Goller)
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