Peter King calls report of CIA conclusion 'a lie'
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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Sunday blasted the Democratic Party and the intelligence community for claiming that Russia was trying to help President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE win the election.

In an interview with John Catsimatidis on 970 AM in New York, King said that the reported CIA conclusion that the Kremlin intervened in the election to help Trump was “a lie.”

“There is no CIA report, there is no CIA conclusion,” King said. “This is somebody in the CIA, or somebody in the intelligence community, or someone in the House or the Senate who’s taken some piece of information and are saying it.”

He also blasted intelligence leaders for refusing to brief the House on its investigation into the Russian hacks, calling it the “height of arrogance.”

“I mean to have your own intelligence agency working against the man who was elected president of the United States is a disgrace,” he said.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) told the House Intelligence Committee, of which King is a member, that it would not discuss the probe until it is complete, though reports of the CIA’s conclusion have appeared in media.

King argued that the intelligence community should come out with their findings about the Russian hacks instead of leaking them to the press, which he suggested might be “criminal.”