Priebus vs. Chuck Todd On Russia: "Why Would Press Run With Something That Is Not True?"


RNC Chair Reince Priebus disputes claims made this weekend in the Washington Post and New York Times that the Russians hacked U.S. institutions (including the Republican National Committee) in order to impact the results of the 2016 election.

REINCE PRIEBUS: Number one-- I don't know why you're so hot about this. I mean the fact of the matter is you should actually be happy that the R.N.C. wasn't hacked.

The R.N.C. was not hacked, Chuck.

Number one, the R.N.C. was not hacked. I don't know of any employee, on any of their own Gmail accounts, that was hacked. So what I'm trying to tell you is the R.N.C. was not hacked, number one. And by the way, that was the specific allegation that was made in the actual New York Times article.

The article didn't say, "Affiliates of the R.N.C.."

The article didn't say, "Employee." No, wait a second, Chuck. The article said, "The R.N.C. was hacked." So don't be defensive with me that--

CHUCK TODD: It's not about me, man.

REINCE PRIEBUS: --I'm refuting the specific fact. Look, I'm refuting the specific fact that was made in the article to create this entire firestorm. And the specific fact, as we've been told by the F.B.I. repeatedly, including two days ago when we checked back with them about this issue [and they] repeated the fact that the R.N.C. was not hacked. So you tell me where this story is at. Why would the press run with something that wasn't true?

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