Trump: Russian hacking 'a big Dem HOAX'

Trump: Russian hacking 'a big Dem HOAX'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE claimed in tweets on Thursday that last year's Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other political organizations is a hoax created by the Democratic Party.

"It's all a big Dem HOAX!” the president tweeted.

Trump accused the party of creating conspiracy theories surrounding election meddling, saying it was an excuse for their losses. 

The two tweets followed another implying that if the Russians had hacked the election, President Obama should have gotten more involved.

The DNC issued a statement shortly after the president tweeted, saying it has complied with the FBI's requests and provided the bureau with all of the information needed to make their assessment.

“The DNC was contacted by [the Department of Homeland Security] months after the DNC worked closely with the FBI to remedy the intrusion.  The DNC then provided DHS with detailed information about the intrusion," spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement.

“The intelligence community has no doubt that the Russians attacked the DNC in an effort to disrupt our election. The only person who disputes this is Donald Trump."

The tweets were sent two days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to say if the president supports the intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow ordered the 2016 hacks in order to help get Trump elected. 


"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing," Spicer said.

The president’s claims also come as scrutiny surrounding possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin intensifies.

A special counsel and at least four congressional committees are investigating 2016 breaches blamed on Russia, but Trump has cast doubt on the idea — supported by more than a dozen intelligence agencies — that Moscow is to blame.

“I don’t believe they interfered,” he told Time magazine late last year. “That became a laughing point — not a talking point, a laughing point. Anytime I do something, they say, ‘Oh, Russia interfered.’ ”

“It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey,” Trump added.

Trump has called the probes into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian election engagement a “witch hunt.”