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Robby Mook: Next Time, Russia Will Come After Republicans

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 04:05 PM

Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager Robby Mook had a warning Tuesday for Republicans and the Republican National Committee in upcoming elections: Next time, the Russians will come for you.

"I think in the future election, Russians are going to break into the RNC or break into some Republican candidates' [files]," Mook told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

"They will steal information from them and put it out there to hurt them as well."

Mook said it's known as a fact that Russians stole files from the Democratic National Committee "and released them strategically to help Donald Trump, 17 intelligence agencies have said that. That's a fact."

The way it happened was "illegal, it wasn't just wrong," said Mook. "It was a crime, and the question is was anybody aiding and abetting, or did people know about it and they never threw up a flag? That's all we need to understand here. And that's why we are just asking. Let's have an investigation to get the facts."

Mook said he doesn't want the investigation to be a partisan issue, as it affects both Democrats and Republicans alike.

Clinton, during the 2016 race, said in a tweet that computer scientists had uncovered a covert server linking the Trump organization to a Russian bank, but Mook deferred about whether that showed intelligence from Trump's campaign got to Clinton's.

"I think it's important to step back first of all and remember the facts here," Mook argued. "The facts are that Trump aides were caught talking to Russian agents. Those conversations were captured because intelligence agency regularly taps the phone line of the Russians.

When asked if that means Mook was admitting there was a wiretap of Trump's lines, Mook responded that "there was a wiretap of Russian agents and that those Russian agents were communicating with Trump staff. That's why they were picked up."

Mook said he knows that, because that's what the intelligence community has said, and what's been reported widely.

"So were there wiretaps of Russian agents? Absolutely," said Mook. "The question is why Trump aides were talking to Russian agents. The attorney general still hasn't come forward. We know he lied to the Senate committee. He perjured himself. He has not come forward to fully explain."

Show co-anchor Brian Kilmeade argued that Mook was "jumping to conclusions," but the former Clinton aide said it's important to get to the bottom of what was going on.

"Why were so many conversations happening in the first place? He said. "The whole situation is very bizarre that American campaign operatives would be going back and forth so much with not just the Russian ambassador but apparently other Russian agents as well. And it's not just phone conversations. We're now learning it's also in-person meetings. That's why what a lot of us have been calling for is an independent, bipartisan committee to get to the bottom of this."

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