There is a "kind of bromance" going on between GOP nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta said Monday.
However, he stopped just short of directly connecting Trump with the damaging leaks of thousand of Democratic National Committee emails.
"I don't think we have information right now about that," Podesta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
program. "But what we have is a kind of bromance going on between Putin and Trump, which is distinct from this leak. And we have the Republican Party platform moving back, saying they won't defend NATO allies."
Last week, Trump told The New York Times
that if he becomes president, he might not back up NATO allies coming under attack from Russia unless he was sure those countries has paid enough money to the alliance.
The relationship between Trump and the powerful Russian leader may be "simply just a mutual admiration society," Podesta continued, "but it's frightening."
He also pointed out that Putin "seems to have indicated" that he would rather Trump be elected.
New talk of Russia's alleged involvement in the presidential election came up again on Sunday, when Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told ABC's "This Week" program the emails were leaked "by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump."
Monday morning, The New York Times reported
that researchers have determined that the DNC's email servers were hacked by the same two Russian intelligence agencies behind breaches at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2015.
A hacker has claimed responsibility for turning over the documents to WikiLeaks, but there is metadata on the emails suggesting they had passed through Russian computer systems," The Times reported.
There has been reports that WikiLeaks founder Juilan Assange is threatening to leak documents that would insure Clinton's arrest, and Podesta said Monday that the "Russians are pretty good at hacking, so who knows."
At the same time, though, "we just had about a year of the FBI looking at her server, and they concluded that no reasonable prosecutor would do anything. I think we're done with that, and we need to move on, and maybe talk about the issues that the American people actually care about."
Turning his attention to the decision of Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down as DNC chairman, Podesta said she has done what she needed to do, but pointed out that she has worked hard for the past five years.
"Look, I think that was her choice," Podesta said. "I think that we're moving on . . . look, you guys can spend all morning talking about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Tonight, you'll be talking about Michelle Obama, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren."
Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign has not vetted Sanders' speech, but Podesta is not worried about the convention having another case like that of Sen. Ted Cruz, who did not endorse Trump in his own speech.
"He wants to do everything he can to elect her over Donald Trump," Podesta said of Sanders. "That's what we're going to get tonight. We'll have a big audience to do it."
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