Jake Tapper: Trump is the only major figure in the national security apparatus claiming Russian election meddling is a "hoax"

Jake Tapper: Trump is the only major figure in the national security apparatus claiming Russian election meddling is a "hoax"

Tapper: And he "happens to be the person who would have most-directly benefited from it"

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From the September 22 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:

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JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Today, President Trump again labeled the investigation into Putin-directed Russian interference in the 2016 election he won a "hoax." This morning he tweeted, quote, "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. What the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?" This comes a day after Facebook said it would turn over to Congress thousands of ads that Russian troll farms allegedly purchased during the 2016 election. The the extent to which the Russians meddled, the impact of their meddling, and whether they had any American help, those matters remain unclear. And they are being investigated by the FBI, special counsel Robert Mueller, and three congressional committees in a Congress controlled by Republicans. But the idea that all of this is a "hoax," that's not true.

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The secretary of state, the FBI director whom the president [[trump]] fired -- with his resentments about the Russia investigation on his mind. Generals, secretaries, ambassadors, there is in fact only one major figure in the entire U.S. national security apparatus who does not accept that Russian election interference happened. And that happens to be the person who would have most-directly benefited from it.

Previously:

CNN highlights how Russian Twitter bots spread pro-Trump messages throughout the 2016 election

Report: FBI Investigating Russian Operatives Using Bots To Spread Stories From Breitbart, RT, Infowars

Report: Congressional Trump/Russia Probe Looking Into Breitbart And Cambridge Analytica

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