Paul Ryan: Russia Didn’t Put the Server in Hillary Clinton’s Basement

By Melanie Arter | January 5, 2017 | 12:53pm EST
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (AP Photo)

( – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that while Russia “clearly tried to meddle in our political system,” they did not put the server in Hillary Clinton’s basement or tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin or Michigan.

“Russia clearly tried to meddle in our political system. No two ways about it,” Ryan said when asked if he doubted the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election.

“Let me say a couple of things. First of all, and I think this is what the president-elect is legitimately upset about. There are attempts on the left to try to delegitimize this election. That’s just bogus. He won fair and square. He won clearly and convincingly. Russia didn’t tell Hillary Clinton not to go to Wisconsin or Michigan. They didn’t put the server in her basement or put the stuff on Anthony Weiner’s laptop,” Ryan said.

“He won the election fair and square, clearly and convincingly, okay?” Ryan added. “Now, having said that, do we ever condone any foreign actor, any outside interference from trying to mess with our election? Of course not.

“We’ve been saying this all along, but let’s just put this in the proper perspective, and that is, let’s deny those who are trying to delegitimize the presidency before it starts while doing what we need to do to make sure going forward that outside actors don’t interfere with our political system,” he said.

When asked whether he had more faith in the intelligence community, Ryan said, “They don’t always get everything right. We’ve seen that clearly, but I do have faith that our men and women of our intelligence community are doing an incredible job, sacrificing for our country, but there’s always room for improvement.

“Look, we overhauled this about a decade ago after 9/11 when we realized the intelligence community wasn’t getting things right. So clearly, there’s room for improvement on these things,” he added.

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