Hours before he receives a briefing of the evidence the U.S. intelligence community believes proves that Russia was behind hacking attacks during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump dismissed the entire probe as a “political witch hunt.”
Trump made the remarks during an interview with The New York Times three hours before the briefing. “China relatively recently hacked 20 million government names,” he said. “How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.”
“They got beaten very badly in the election. I won more counties in the election than Ronald Reagan,” he continued. “They are very embarrassed about it. To some extent, it’s a witch hunt. They just focus on this.” Trump argued that the intelligence community had made mistakes before, such as failing to stop the 9/11 attacks.
According to some reports Thursday, Trump’s briefing will include the information that U.S. officials intercepted communications of high-ranking Russian officials congratulating each other for Trump’s win, and the identity of the Russian go-between who provided WikiLeaks the hacked DNC emails.
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