Priebus Predicts More DNC Email Leaks; Andrea Mitchell: "Why Weren't You Hacked?" "Do You Know Something?"

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Andrea Mitchell repeatedly asks Reince Priebus why hackers, presumably Russian, decided to attack the DNC and not the RNC in an interview on MSNBC Monday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention. Priebus said the e-mails prove the "DNC was committing a fraud upon its own base and it's own grassroots."

Priebus predicts the WikiLeaks release of hacked DNC e-mails are just the tip of the iceberg and more are to come.

"Why weren't you guys hacked? Why didn't [the Russians] go after the Republicans too?" a perplexed Mitchell asked on the Monday broadcast of her MSNBC show Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Priebus called it "great spin," but the fact remains that members of the Democratic National Committee, not Russian hackers, wrote the controversial e-mails.

"Even if we were hacked, you wouldn't see things as embarrassing and miserable as what the DNC did to Bernie Sanders," Priebus said, touting the RNC's network security system.

"If I was a delegate here for Bernie Sanders, I can tell you, I would just be beside myself to know that we came so close, but we had massive fraud being committed at the DNC against my candidate. It would be maddening," Priebus said about the revelation of hacked DNC emails showing favor toward presumptive party nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I know that the Republicans are obviously, you know, trying to take advantage of this," Andrea Mitchell commented.

Mitchell pressed Priebus on Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook's claim that this was done by the Russians to tip the election for Trump.

"Reince, the suspicion is that Russia, our adversary, is trying to tip the election in favor of Donald Trump," Mitchell said to Priebus.

"I mean, it's great spin, you know, but the fact the Russians didn't write the e-mails," Priebus shot back. "The DNC wrote the e-mails, and they were the ones committing the fraud against Bernie Sanders."

"But even if it was," done by Russians, Priebus said, "the issue is that we're talking about is that the DNC was committing a fraud upon its own base and it's own grassroots and it's own delegates for an entire year. And so that's the issue they need to contend with this week. It's not who hacked, number one, why were you hacked, but number two, why were your employees the fraud against it's candidates?"

Mitchell then went back to demanding to know why the Russians hacked the Democrats but not the GOP.

"Aside from the e-mails, why weren't you guys hacked? If Russia's going after their hacked, if that's the suspicion, the FBI is looking into this, why didn't they go after the Republicans too?" Mitchell asked Priebus as if he would know why.

Priebus said even if his e-mails were hacked you would not find him "calculating" against a candidate.

"Well, maybe they did and we have a better system at the Republican party," Priebus responded. "Maybe our folks are better at securing our e-mail and our cloud and our data than the DNC. I don't know what the answer to that is, Andrea, but at this point, we haven't been hacked... but, I can assure if someone hacked my e-mails, they wouldn't find me calculating against particular candidates and it's not something that I would do."

Priebus said he believes there are more e-mails to come.

"I think this is just the beginning," the chairman said. "I don't believe that WikiLeaks, or these folks would simply release e-mails all at once without more to come. I think there's more to come. And I think that they ought to be prepared for more excitement in the e-mail world this week."

"Do you know something about it?" an intrigued Mitchell asked.

"I don't know anything about it," Priebus said, "but I know something about -- I think human behavior and these sorts of people that like to play games and they normally don't deliver every shot they have in one blow. They usually do it one at a time. And they'll do it through a thousand cuts."

Transcript, via MSNBC:

ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus joins me now also in Philadelphia at another location.

Reince, first of all, tell us, since the DNC was hacked -- and you'll have to forgive me for the band that's rehearsing behind me here. The DNC was hacked, was the RNC hacked as well?

REINCE PRIEBUS, CHAIRMAN, RNC: Andrea, I can -- you're kind of cutting in and out, so I hope you can hear me.

But obviously, what happened at the DNC is a complete fraud and something that, you know, 45 percent of these delegates should be shocked and ashamed of, that they'd have a national party that wouldn't just be favoring a candidate but would be actively trying to trip up a candidate with embarrassing and humiliating type accusations about his faith. And I think it sinks to the lowest levels and will go down in political history that we'll read about in decades to come.

MITCHELL: Well, there's the issue of what they wrote and that's an issue for Bernie Sanders to try to litigate, and we'll have to see what he does here tonight. But there's an original (inaudible) here, which is the possible involvement of Russia, a foreign adversary which is suspected of being behind these hacks.

The FBI has recently called for an investigation. We know that there was some analysis by an expert computer firm, we've talked to the people involved that there was Russian tracking. Now, if it was the Russians who did the hack, the question is, are they trying to influence American politics? Are they trying to do something that favors Donald Trump?

If you guys were hacked also, then they're just trying to mess with all of our heads. But if you guys were not hacked, that does point a finger to the Russians trying, with your knowledge or anybody else's knowledge or not, trying to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump, someone who has actually praised Vladimir Putin.

PRIEBUS: Are we done?

Hey Andrea, I'm really sorry, but we can't hear the questions and I'm assuming you're talking to me about the e-mail stuff. But honestly, I can't hear the questions, so we've got a problem with the sound and -- on somebody's end. So I apologize. We'll try this in a few minutes.

MITCHELL: OK. OK. We're going to get back to that in just a minute. And I know part of the problem, of course, is that we've got this band practicing behind us, which is something that we can't control. But we do really need to drill down and try to figure out, Reince, whether or not you have an audio problem separate from the band. Somebody help me with whether or not Reince Priebus can actually hear my questions.

OK. We're going to take a quick break, reset and try to figure out a better way to communicate with the chair of the Republican Party. We really want to talk to you about the story of the day. You're watching "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

MITCHELL: And welcome back to the Democratic National Convention. Reince Priebus, the Republican chair, is with me now. Well, Philadelphia's own Boyz II Men were rehearsing, they're off the stage now. I had nothing to do with them being on or off the stage.

Reince, thank you for bearing with us. I was asking you about this e-mail hacking because the e-mails speak for themselves. That's Bernie Sander's problem. We're going to be litigating that throughout this convention. Obviously, they've got a very rough start.

Let me ask you definitively, was the Republican National Committee also hacked since these hackers went after the DNC?

PRIEBUS: Can you repeat that, Andrea? I'm really sorry, you kind of broke in and out.

MITCHELL: Well, can you hear whether or not -- the question is, was the Republican Party also hacked as the Democratic Party was?

PRIEBUS: Oh, no. We were not. And we have pretty complicated system at the RNC. It takes a double sign-in to get through our system. So it's not just one way to get in, there's multiple layers of getting into this -- the e-mail system at the RNC.

We wouldn't hacked, but even if we were hacked, you wouldn't see things as embarrassing and miserable as what the DNC did to Bernie Sanders. And if I was a delegate here for Bernie Sanders, I can tell you, I would just be beside myself to know that we came so close, but we had massive fraud being committed at the DNC against my candidate. It would be maddening.

MITCHELL: Well, I know that the Republicans are obviously, you know, trying to take advantage of this and the Democrats have got at big problem, but let me play Robby Mook, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, today talking about Russia's suspected role in all of this because the people who track these hackers say that they've all started in Moscow. Here's Robby Mook.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MOOK: What the experts are saying and what the experts said when this breach initially happened at the DNC was that they believed that it was Russian state actors who took these e-mails. I think she, like all of us, is -- we are reading the same reporting that you all are seeing and the expert -- we're reading what the experts are saying.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MITCHELL: I mean, Reince, the suspicion is that Russia, our adversary, is trying to tip the election in favor of Donald Trump.

(LAUGHTER)

PRIEBUS: Well, I don't understand where this -- I mean, it's great spin, you know, but the fact is the Russians didn't write the e-mails. The DNC wrote the e-mails and they were the ones committing the fraud against Bernie Sanders, and we don't know -- we'd like to know, you know, where this evidence is this he has.

So produce the evidence, but even if it was, the issue is that we're talking about is that the DNC was committing a fraud upon it's own base and it's own grass roots and it's own delegates for an entire year. And so that's the issue they need to contend with this week. It's not, you know, who hacked, number one, why were you hacked, but number two, why was your -- why were your employees...

MITCHELL: But isn't -- isn't the question...

PRIEBUS: ... committing a fraud against its own candidates.

MITCHELL: Aside from the e-mails, this is the question, why weren't you guys hacked? If Russia's going after -- they're hacked, if that's the suspicion by the experts and the FBI is looking into this, why didn't they go after the Republicans too?

PRIEBUS: Well, maybe they did and we have a better system at the -- at the -- at the Republican Party. Maybe our -- maybe our folks are better at securing our e-mail and our cloud and our data than the DNC.

I don't know what the answer to that is, Andrea, but at this point, we haven't been hacked and we don't expect to be and we're monitoring it every day. But I can assure you if someone hacked my e-mails, they wouldn't find me calculating against particular candidates and it's not something that I would do.

MITCHELL: And does it concern you that there are suspicions that Russia maybe trying to interfere in our election?

PRIEBUS: I think -- I think you're asking me if it concerns me if -- if it were true that they would be interfering in the elections, and you know, everything concerns me. I mean, you'd be concerned. We'd all be concerned if any foreign government -- but the point is, is that the DNC is tipping the scale in their election. They did it for Hillary Clinton, they did it in the most disasterly (ph), mean-spirited way.

And I believe that there are more e-mails coming. I think this is just the beginning. I don't believe that Wikileaks or these folks, whoever they are, would simply release e-mails all at once without more to come. I think there's more to come and I think that they ought to be prepared for more excitement in the e-mail world this week.

MITCHELL: Do you know something about it?

PRIEBUS: I don't know anything about it, but I know something about -- I think human behavior and these sorts of people that like to play games and they normally don't deliver every shot they have in one blow. They usually do it one at a time. And they'll do it through a thousand cuts, and that's been my experience in these kinds of situations.

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