White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed a CNN report that suggests Trump associates “may have communicated” with Russian operatives to coordinate release of damaging information against Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
When asked to respond to the report, Spicer labeled the allegations to be nothing more than meaningless conjecture and called into question CNN’s proven coordination with the Clinton Campaign.
“Let’s actually look at what CNN reported,” Spicer said. “They reported that anonymous U.S. officials have told them that information indicates that association of the campaign and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive.”
“The last line of the [report] said, ‘The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place,” he continued.
The press secretary then took aim at CNN.
“I think there’s probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion,” Spicer said.
“That reporting is filled with a bunch of subjective terms about, ‘This person may have done this, possibly could have done that,’ and at the end of the story if you wade to the very bottom it says, ‘The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place,'” Spicer added.
Spicer was referring to former CNN commentator and Democratic operative Donna Brazile using her position within the network to forward debate questions to Hillary Clinton, providing a candidate an advantage over her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.
In late 2016, WikiLeaks released thousands of hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta.
Some of the emails showed communication between Brazile and Clinton associates in which the former CNN commentator forwarded questions to the campaign prior to primary debates hosted by CNN.
For months, Brazile insisted she did not provide any questions in advance. In February, she said the emails were “allegedly” sent from her, but it “didn’t tell a complete story.”
Finally, on March 17, Brazile admitted in an op-ed for Time magazine that she shared questions ahead of debates to the Clinton Campaign ahead of CNN’s Democratic debates.
“Among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and DNC Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim DNC Chair position (following the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz) was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign,” she wrote.
“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”
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