Dem rep: Trump's denial of Russian involvement in hacking 'deeply damaging'

Dem rep: Trump's denial of Russian involvement in hacking 'deeply damaging'

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: ‘I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him’ Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE’s denial of Russia’s interference in the U.S. elections is “deeply damaging.” 

“For the president-elect to continue to give the Russians deniability is deeply damaging to the country,” Schiff told ABC’s “This Week.”

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the Russia’s meddling in the election is “unprecedented.”

“By attacking the intelligence community basically, it’s going to make it that much more difficult for the current president to make attribution, for the American people to understand what they really need to about Russian involvement in our elections,” he said.

Trump's transition team criticized the CIA following a report in The Washington Post that said Russia tried to interfere in the elections to help Trump win.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the team said in a statement at the time.