Republican National Committee chief strategist and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday tried to tamp down expectations regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s promised upcoming hacking revelation.
Speaking on CNN’s ‘New Day,’ Spicer addressed Trump’s New Year’s Eve statement regarding an upcoming revelation about the alleged Russian hacking of Democratic Party organizations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “It’s not a question of necessarily revealing,” Spicer said.
“He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified. I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of questions out there.”
During a New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday, Trump said that he knows “things that other people don’t know.” Trump did not offer details when pressed about what he knows, only saying that “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.” Never too shy about touting his knowledge, the President-elect also claimed to know “a lot about hacking,” adding, perhaps in what was an unwitting hint as to what’s to come, that it is a “very hard thing to prove.”
“So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.” Trump took the opportunity to take another shot at the U.S. intelligence community saying that “If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,” referring to intelligence cited by the George W. Bush administration.
On Monday, Spicer stressed that a joint report released last week by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security which said that the two agencies had linked Russia to the hacking of the Democratic Party organizations is not yet final.
“The current President of the United States has not seen a final report. The intelligence community is talking about wrapping it up later this week,” he said. “I think that the idea that we’re jumping to conclusions before we have a final report is frankly irresponsible.”
In true Spicer fashion, he took a dig at the messenger by ridiculing host Alisyn Camerota. “I know this is frustrating for you that we are doing it in a logical way. But no, we are going to actually get all the information, get briefed properly and then make a decision. We’re not going to put the cart before the horse.”
— New Day (@NewDay) January 2, 2017