Breitbart News reports that Reince Priebus, the incoming Chief of Staff to President-Elect Donald Trump, went on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday and got into a heated exchange with show host Chuck Todd. Tempers flared when Todd asked Priebus about reports from the Washington Post and New York Times that stated that the CIA concluded with “high confidence” that Russia had acted covertly to harm Hillary Clinton’s chance of victory.
In a video posted on Breitbart.com, Priebus took particular issue with the New York Times, which had reported on Friday that the CIA based their finding of Russian election interference on their discovery that, in addition to hacking Democratic organizations, the Russians also hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems. The Times reported that the Russians did not release the information they found on the Republican networks, and only released Clinton information, putting Clinton at a disadvantage and conceivably swaying the outcome of the election in Trump’s favor.
Priebus was confident that the RNC had not been hacked, and stated that the RNC was working with the FBI on the matter. “Number one,” Priebus said, “We had the FBI in the RNC. We’ve been working with the FBI. The RNC was not hacked.”
When asked by Todd to clarify whether he meant that only the RNC’s network wasn’t hacked, or whether that included all Republicans associated with the RNC, Priebus deflected.
“I don’t know why you’re so hot about this.” Preibus said. “I mean, the fact of the matter is you should actually be happy that the RNC wasn’t hacked. The RNC was not hacked, Chuck! Number one, the RNC was not hacked!”
When asked by Todd if Priebus disputed that seventeen intelligence agencies have determined that Russian agents were behind the hacking, Priebus again deflected.
“Chuck, this is insane.” he said.
Priebus went on to say that the report was inconclusive. Chuck Todd refuted this point, saying that only the involvement of Vladimir Putin was inconclusive, but it was not inconclusive that seventeen federal agencies had agreed that Russian agents were involved in the hacking.
“I don’t know who did the hacking, Chuck.” Priebus responded.