Dems call Trump spokesman a 'shill' for Putin
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Democrats slammed Sean Spicer on Monday for saying there is “zero evidence” Russia influenced the 2016 election, accusing the incoming White House press secretary of being a "shill" for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an email, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called Spicer’s comments false and pointed to an interview where several former White House press secretaries suggested President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat O'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms MORE often creates his own facts.

“Right on cue, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary was on the morning shows today spinning the falsehood that there is 'zero evidence' that Russia influenced the election through their hacking of DNC and Clinton campaign officials," the DNC email stated.


The email was sent under a subject line arguing that the incoming White House press secretary "shills for Putin."

On Fox News on Monday, Spicer claimed there was “zero evidence” of Russian interference in the 2016 election, despite intelligence agencies's reports about the hacking campaign leading up to Trump's electoral win.

“The way the mainstream media is playing it up is that [Russia] had an influence on the election,” Spicer said on Fox. “There is zero evidence that they actually influenced the election.”

Last week, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a joint report explaining how federal investigators linked Russia to the hacks of Democratic groups.

The Obama administration issued sanctions on Russia last week in response to the hacking. Trump has continued to dismiss the findings from intelligence agencies and praised Putin on Twitter as "very smart" after the U.S. sanctions were announced.

Trump said after the sanctions were announced that he wanted the U.S. to "move on," but he indicated he would meet with members of the intelligence community this week to discuss Russian interference in the election.

“It is deeply disturbing that Trump and his future White House press secretary are willing to lie so brazenly about Russian influence in the election,” DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker said in a statement.

“This was an attack on American democracy by a foreign power, but instead of trusting American intelligence agencies and punishing Russia for interfering in our election, the incoming administration is attacking our intelligence community while defending Putin’s meddling.”