Trump: DNC Faked Oppo Research Hack To Divert Attention From Clinton

AP

Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee of faking a hack by the Russian government in an attempt to distract from news about Hillary Clinton.

“We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader,” Trump said in a Wednesday statement obtained by Politico. “Too bad the DNC doesn’t hack Crooked Hillary’s, 33,000 missing emails.”

“This is all information that has been out there for many years” he added. “Much of it false and/or entirely inaccurate.”

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Russian hackers had gained access to the DNC’s opposition research on Donald Trump. The hackers also reportedly targeted the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, Gawker received the alleged DNC document with opposition research on Trump from a hacker who calls himself “Guccifer 2.0.” The hacker claimed that he also gained access to other information, including donor registries and financial reports.

The document obtained by Gawker includes narratives for attacking and undermining Trump, as well as pages of information about Trump’s past statements and views on a variety of issues.

The document was also sent to The Smoking Gun.

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