Trump Questions Info On Russian Hacking Ahead Of Intel Briefing

Evan Vucci

Donald Trump on Thursday evening continued to publish tweets expressing skepticism of the United States intelligence community's conclusions that Russian actors carried out cyber attacks on Democratic groups in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.

The President-elect is set to be briefed by intelligence officials on Russian hacking on Friday, but he spent Thursday evening blasting media leaks and questioning whether the Democratic National Committee was hacked.

Trump began his tweetstorm by referencing an NBC News report on the intelligence report presented to President Obama on Thursday. Intelligence officials discovered Russian officials celebrating Trump's win, according to NBC News and the Washington Post.

Trump then referenced a Buzzfeed News report about the hack into the DNC. The DNC told Buzzfeed News that the FBI never asked for access to the group's hacked servers. But the FBI countered the DNC's claims and said that the agency repeatedly told the DNC that it needed to access its servers with no success. Trump used the Buzzfeed News report to cast doubt on the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia was behind the DNC leaks.

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