Priebus: 'The Russians Didn't Tell Hillary Clinton to Ignore Wisconsin and Michigan'

By Susan Jones | December 12, 2016 | 5:40am EST
Donald Trump appears with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hours after winning the Nov. 8 election. (AP File Photo)

( - Contrary to recent press reports, "The RNC was not hacked," incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Instead of blaming the Russians for their election loss, maybe Democrats should look somewhere else, Priebus suggested:

"The Russians didn't tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Wisconsin and Michigan, OK? I mean, I know it's -- this is this insane analysis. She lost the election because her ideas were bad. She didn't fit the electorate. She ignored states that she shouldn't have, and Donald Trump was the change agent, OK?

"So this is all very interesting, but Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide that had nothing to do with the Russians."

The Washington Post and the New York Times reported on Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies have "high confidence" that the Russian hacked both the RNC and the DNC, releasing emails from DNC staffers, but withholding emails from RNC staffers in an attempt to influence the election on Donald Trump's behalf.

Trump himself called the report "ridiculous" in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

Priebus said the Republican National Committee contacted the FBI "months ago," after the Democrat National Committee was hacked, and the FBI "reviewed all of our systems. We have hacking detection systems in place. And the conclusion was then, as it was again two days ago, when we went back to the FBI to ask them about this, that the RNC was not hacked," Priebus said.

"So here we are now debating and talking about a story based on something that isn't true."

Priebus noted that news reports are "based on unnamed sources who are perhaps doing something they shouldn't be doing by speaking to reporters, or someone talking out of line about something that is absolutely not true."

Priebus called it "unbelievable" that the press would "run with unnamed sources about something that they agree was inconclusive, but ignore the fact that the actual people involved on the other side of this story are telling you it's not true."

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