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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Barr faces political storm over Mueller report The Memo: Mueller findings boost Trump 2020 hopes MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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.”

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“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.