A CIA report claiming Russia intervened with U.S. elections to ensure Trump won continues to trigger shockwaves through the political landscape But President-elect Donald Trump dismissed the report as a "conspiracy theory" on Twitter Monday morning.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Trump called the report "ridiculous" and said the CIA had "no idea" who the hacker or hackers actually were.
Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
Here's the first part of his tweets on the subject.
Unless you catch "hackers" in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn't this brought up before election?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
And here's part two.
Speaking of conspiracy theories...
Trump's campaign and transition team has had a complicated relationship with conspiracy theories. The team fired adviser Gen. Michael G. Flynn's son, Michael T. Flynn, after he tweeted about the Pizzagate conspiracy theory on Twitter.
And Trump himself repeatedly insisted the election was "rigged" when it appeared Hillary Clinton would win.
WATCH | Trump also said at a rally that he hoped Russia would hack Clinton and find her missing emails. He later dismissed this comment as "being sarcastic."
Meanwhile, 17 national security agencies (the Department of Homeland Security and the 16 agencies that made of the U.S. Intelligence Community) said Russia was behind politically motivated computer hacks.
On Sunday, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is being considered for Trump's deputy Secretary of State, said the hacking might have been a "false flag" by the Obama administration. A false flag, according to conspiracy theorists, is an operation carried out by the government that is disguised as an illegitimate act.
Here's the interview where Bolton discusses the "false flag" idea.
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