Fox News analyst: U.S. working with Putin on cybersecurity is like 'inviting criminal to help solve crime'

Fox News analyst: U.S. working with Putin on cybersecurity is like 'inviting criminal to help solve crime'
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Fox News analyst Daniel Hoffman said President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin's suggestion the U.S. may form a cybersecurity task force with Russia was like "inviting a criminal to come help you solve a crime." 

The comments come after Trump and Putin, at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, appeared to hint the U.S. could work with Russia to examine whether Russia interfered in the 2016 elections.

"During today's meeting, I addressed directly the issue of Russian interference in our elections," Trump said. 

"Any specific material, if such things arise, we are ready to analyze together," Putin, meanwhile, also said during the summit. "For instance, we can analyze them through a working group on cybersecurity, the establishment of which we discussed during our previous meeting." 

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Hoffman, a former CIA officer, criticized the suggestion during an appearance on Fox News shortly after the summit.

“Well, there’s been discussion in the past about creating a cybersecurity working group in which the US intelligence community and Russian intelligence services would participate,” Hoffman said, “and I will tell you, at the time, I felt like its like inviting a criminal to come help you solve a crime which the criminal committed."

“I just don’t see the point of inviting the Russians to help us on something that we know they did,” Hoffman continued.

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The analyst's remarks came shortly after Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto also called out Trump over his press conference for appearing to side with the Russian president over his denial of involvement in the 2016 election.