Former CIA official and Clinton backer: Smoke but no fire in Trump's Russia ties
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A supporter of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE and former acting CIA Director Michael Morell suggested there isn't enough evidence to believe that aides on President Trump's campaign team colluded with Russia to help Trump win the election, NBC reported Wednesday.

Morell was reportedly one of Clinton's top picks to head the CIA had she won and previously called Trump an "unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."

"On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all," Morell reportedly said at an event sponsored by the intelligence website Cipher Brief.


"Unless you know the sources, and unless you know how a particular source acquired a particular piece of information, you can't judge the information — you just can't," Morell continued, referencing an unsubstantiated dossier, compiled by a former British intelligence agent, that made claims of Trump aides' connections to Russian officials.

The dossier "doesn't take you anywhere, I don't think," he added.

Many Democrats and Clinton backers are suspicious that Trump's campaign cooperated with Russia in its effort to boost his candidacy though a hacking and misinformation campaign. 

Morell did say that Russian hacking and fake news efforts were meant to hurt the Clinton campaign and that Russia has not faced the appropriate consequences. 

"This has never happened before in American history on this scale, never. Not even close. And [Russian President Vladimir] Putin did not pay any price for this — nothing, zero," he said.