Intel Officials Deny They Delayed Briefing With Trump On Russian Hacking

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Donald Trump on Tuesday night claimed that his planned briefing with intelligence officials on cyber attacks carried out by Russians was delayed until Friday and attempted to cast doubt on the intelligence community’s conclusion about the hacking.

However, officials disputed that the briefing was delayed and told NBC News that the briefing was always planned for Friday.

The New York Times also reported that the briefing had not been scheduled for Tuesday, citing senior administration officials.

Later Wednesday morning, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call that the Trump team asked for a briefing to take place early this week but that intelligence officials asked for the meeting to take place on Friday.

“Last week, the President-elect’s team asked for an update that would occur early this week with respect to that subject,” Spicer said. “We were later asked to postpone that briefing because the final report that the intelligence community is going to issue is not going to be finalized until later this week and they asked that we defer that briefing until they had had the report finalized.”

Trump has dismissed the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian actors were behind the hacks into Democratic groups and that the cyber attacks were carried out in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. He repeated his skepticism in a tweet early Wednesday morning, citing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s claim that he did not receive leaked emails from Russia.

Esme Cribb contributed reporting.

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