Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and a former critic of President-elect Donald Trump, lambasted the media and their reporting on Russian hacking claims, saying they were “doing the work of the Russians” by insisting that the Kremlin had tried to secure a victory for Trump.
King, a New York Republican, made the remarks during a Thursday visit to Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the Washington Examiner, he said that reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post bore scant resemblance to what Congress had been briefed on by the CIA.
“There is no CIA conclusion,” King said. “The CIA has repeatedly told us that they have no idea what the intent was. They think if there is an intent, it is to disrupt the election, to create confusion and cast a cloud over the winner.”
“And right now, certain elements of the media, certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians,” he added. “They’re creating this uncertainty over the election. This is several days before the Electoral College (votes).”
Rep. King added that in all of the briefings he’s received, the CIA said they couldn’t determine intent on the part of the Russians.
“And to suddenly have it appear in The Washington Post and The New York Times (that) the intelligence community, the CIA, has concluded this … who? Who in the CIA? Is it (CIA Director) John Brennan?” King asked. “Is it some rogue person behind a desk somewhere?”
According to New York Newsday, King had visited Trump Tower to urge the president-elect to adopt a strong program to keep tabs on radical Islam, relaying suggestions that “the Justice Department and the FBI be more leaning-forward when it comes to investigating Islamist terrorism.”
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