Limbaugh: No one can prove Russia hacked election
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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged a CIA report that concluded Russia interfered with the 2016 election to sway results in President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE’s favor.

"Nobody can provide any evidence that the Russians hacked the election," he said on Wednesday, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Details of the CIA’s secret assessment were first revealed in a Washington Post story last week. The FBI presented a more “fuzzy” and “ambiguous" judgment about the interference, the Post reported.

Limbaugh was more speculative of the CIA’s report.


"There are two ways to cheat in an election. There are two things that happen in an election involving ballots,” he said. “The first phase is that ballots are cast, i.e., people go out there and they vote. And then the next aspect is that those ballots are counted."

He said he believes the story will become inflated to serve as a way for Democrats to continuously undermine Trump’s presidency.

"So where did the Russians cheat? What did the Russian hack affect when it comes to ballots? Is anybody alleging anything? They aren't. The whole point of the Russian hack is the [Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE campaign chairman John] Podesta emails were made public and it's not fair because the Republican emails and whatever the Russians discovered in the hack of the Republicans, even though Priebus says that they weren't hacked, that doesn't matter."

Trump has challenged the CIA conclusion as well, saying in several tweets that if the Russians had helped Hillary Clinton, it would be called a conspiracy.

Bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate has called for a congressional review of the CIA's findings. Intelligence agencies have denied the review so far, citing an ongoing review by President Obama.