Trump Claims Briefing Delayed, Questions Intel On Russian Hacking

Matt Rourke

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.

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.

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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