Former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign John Podesta is calling for an investigation into whether the Trump campaign was in “collusion” with Russia.
Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press,’ while discussing potential Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election, Podesta told host Chuck Todd, “It’s very much unknown whether there was collusion,” between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, so “there needs to be an independent investigation into this.”
President Obama commented on Monday’s Electoral College vote, and the CIA’s assessment that Russia and Vladimir Putin were trying to help Trump win the White House, in his final press conference of the year Friday, saying, “It’s not in my hands now, it’s up to them.”
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However, in what appears to be disunity between the Clinton camp and Obama administration, Podesta is urging that “the administration should brief members of the Electoral College.” He added, “We believe that the administration owes it to the American people to explain what it knows regarding the extent and manner of Russia’s interference and this be done as soon as possible.
“I’d argue it’s very much unknown whether there was collusion. I believe Russian diplomats have said post-election that they were talking to the Trump campaign. Roger Stone in August foreshadowed the fact that they had hacked my emails and those would be coming when he said he was in touch with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Carter Page, one of Trump’s foreign policy advisors went to Russia before the Republican convention and met with a man in the Russian hierarchy who was responsible for assembling intelligence.
“So I believe it’s really not what Mr. Trump understood but what did Trump Inc. understand and when did they know it? Were they in contact with the Russians? I think those are still open questions. The electors have a right to know what the responses are if the U.S. Government has those answers before the election. That’s also why I said there should be an impartial investigation into this.”
With less than 24 hours to go before electors in state’s capitals across the country pledge their votes, Podesta is anticipating a specific number of Democrats who will vote for Hillary Clinton but is anxious to see if the needed 37 Republican electors will do the same, effectively turning the November election result on its head.
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