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Monday, January 2, 2017

Sean Spicer claims no 'conclusive evidence' Russia hacked DNC emails

The Trump team on Monday made it clear that it isn't clear that Russia executed a cyber-attack on the presidential race. "Rushing to judgment on stuff like this is not in anybody's best interest," Sean Spicer, incoming White House Communications Director said on "Fox & Friends" Monday.

Spicer said that Trump isn't disputing statements made by U.S. intelligence officials, but instead is waiting for a final report due later in the week that could provide more conclusive evidence.

"Then I think we'll have a better idea of what to make to the situation," he said. 

Several U.S. intelligence agencies have claimed that Russia was behind the hacking and release of John Podesta's emails from the DNC, but if you know anything about who runs some of these intelligence agencies, you might not be totally convinced that they're telling the whole truth.

Last week, Obama had 35 Russian diplomats expelled who are believed to be spies and involved with the email hack. The Russian compounds, which are large mansions, in New York and Maryland have been since closed.

Hillary Clinton's team and supporters believe the hacked emails, contributed to her upset loss to Donald Trump because the public got to see how little she and her team think of the American people. 

They never disputed the validity of the emails, only where they came from. 

Obama, who only reacted to the email hack after the election but knew about the hacking beforehand, said the investigation and sanctions were in the interest of protecting the U.S. election system especially if the GOP wins.

Spicer suggest that Obama's actions were politically motivated.

When Obama pees, it's politically motivated.

"There is a question about whether there's a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response, he told ABC on Sunday.

Regarding Trump's New Year's Eve comments about "know(ing) things that other people don't know," about the hacking, Spicer said that Trump gets briefed daily and this is "privy to information that nobody else is. What he's driving at is that there doesn't seem to be conclusive evidence."

Spicer also dismissed the FBI and Homeland Security report supporting the accusations against Russia, and called the report a "how-to" manual on basic cybersecurity for Democrats. He said the report isn't even final but is being taken "as gospel."

Interestingly, Spicer pointed out that in 2015 China stole sensitive information from millions of Americans, including federal workers, and Obama failed to issue "a single statement."

Or get off the golf course.

Donald Trump will meet this week with intelligence officials to get more input about the allegations against Moscow.

Trump said, "I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove, so it could be somebody else."

Like that 400 pound couch potato.