WH: Why Didn’t Dems Let the FBI Look at Their Servers After Russian Hacking Claim?

By Melanie Arter | March 20, 2017 | 6:53pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asked Monday why no one is questioning why the Democratic National Committee rebuffed the FBI when it asked to look at their servers after the Democrats claimed they were hacked by Russia during the election.

“That's an interesting aspect of all of this that's not being covered,” Spicer said when asked about the president’s tweet Monday morning asking about contact between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Russians.


“What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?” President Donald Trump tweeted Monday.

A reporter asked Spicer whether Trump is “under the impression that the Clinton campaign had inappropriate contact with Russia during the election.”

“Number one, from everything that's been publicly available on several occasions, the DNC was asked by the FBI to investigate -- or to allow their servers to be looked at, despite all of the claims of their concerns about leaking, and yet, the question still doesn’t come out. Why wouldn’t the DNC on multiple occasions rebuff the FBI?”  Spicer said.

“Why were they not wanting -- if they were so concerned about hacks and leaking, why did the DNC not ask the FBI to come look? Not only did they not ask them; they rebuffed them on multiple occasions. Why? What are they hiding? What were they concerned of?” Spicer asked.

“But I think there is a serious question. I mean, it's not -- they're very clear about the concerns that they have, as well as all of the leadership in the Democratic Party, and yet when it came to hacks and leaks out of the DNC -- and they're quick to jump to the conclusion about who did it, and yet they wouldn’t allow the FBI to investigate it -- there's a whole second set of concerns here in terms of what was Hillary Clinton's role,” he said.

Trump also tweeted in January about the DNC not allowing the FBI access to its computers after complaining that they were hacked by Russia.

“The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia,” Trump said. “So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?”

The FBI confirmed Trump’s claim in January, according to the Star Tribune.

“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated,” the agency said. “This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier.”

“I mean, if you look at the Obama administration and the Clintons' involvement with Russia in terms of donations the Clintons received from Russia and entities, the idea that they sold off a tremendous amount of the uranium to the Russian government, and yet where was the concern for that? What are we doing to look into that?” Spicer said Monday.

“It was the Obama administration in 2009 that talked about a reset with Russia and a desire to reset relationships. It was Hillary Clinton who signed off on the deal that gave a Russian company one-fifth of the U.S. uranium supply. Where is the questioning about that? What did they get?” he asked.

”There was discussion the other day about a Russian official noting that both campaigns they sought to do it -- where is the concern about their efforts on the Hillary Clinton thing? The Democrats and the Democratic Party, and a lot of those individuals are quick to point fingers, and yet when it comes to discussing their own collusion or questions involving their involvement with Russian officials or buy-offs to the Russians, there's no discussion there. So you’ve got to wonder, on both sides, where's the parity when it comes to these kinds of investigations?” Spicer asked.

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