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Rep. Pete King: 'No Smoking Gun' Proving Russians Tried to Help Trump

By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 11:29 AM

It's "very clear to me" that Russia was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's servers, Rep. Pete King said Monday, but he's not sure there is a consensus that the actions took place to help President-elect Donald Trump win the election over Hillary Clinton.

"I'm not so certain that applies to [Clinton campaign manager] John Podesta's emails," the New York Republican, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I'm not aware until I heard over the last several days that there's supposedly a consensus that this was intended to help Donald Trump."

However, King said he is not certain that the situation was as "definitive" as reports indicated, even within the CIA.

"I think there is still some speculation," said King. "Maybe it's going in that direction, but I think the headlines and the stories are much more emphatic than the evidence so far."

King said he's had briefings as recently as 10 days ago, and he still thinks there is a "split opinion."

"There's no smoking gun, if you will," King said. "I think the fact that it's coming out now, that it's leaked at all, I think is really dangerous."

King said he wasn't at the most recent meeting, when a CIA assessment was reportedly shared, but he has spoken to people who were there and they did not come to the same conclusion that was reported in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other major publications over the weekend."

The leaks, further, seem to be "very coincidental."

"We can all agree if the Russians want to put a cloud over the election, disrupt the election, (then) the importance of the investigation is to see how far they went, what their purpose was, and what we can do to prevent it in the future," said King. "The Russians have been doing this to the Soviets going back to 1948, I guess. This is their pattern. This is the most intrusive they have been in the United States."

King also commented on the news that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be nominated as secretary of State, saying the oilman appears to be a strong leader and knows his way around the world, but there are questions if that would translate.

"I have no reason to think he won't," said King. "Donald Trump trusts him. He interviewed him and you have Robert Gates and Condi Rice and Jim Baker, obviously this guy has a lot going for him. I would certainly support the choice."

He said he also supports retired Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, and other generals who have been nominated for Trump's cabinet.

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