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DNC Communications Director: Flynn Unmasking Story Will "Backfire" On Republicans


FNC's Bill Hemmer repeatedly asked DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa why Joe Biden's name appears on a recently declassified list of Obama administration officials who asked to "unmask" the name of then-incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

BILL HEMMER, FOX NEWS: Why would Joe Biden want to know about Michael Flynn back then?

XOCHITL HINOJOSA, DNC: First of all, this is a distraction. All you are having Republicans do right now is distract from the fact that they continue to politicize the Justice Department. I'm someone who worked there and I understand the dependence of the justice Department and yet you have thousands of justice Department employees that reacted to the Michael Flynn news and what we want to see is making sure that the independent returns to the Justice Department. Also, unmasking, unmasking is just something that you are looking to see more intelligence. It is not scandalous in any way. Frankly, this is going to backfire on Republicans because it just shows how serious Michael Flynn was and his conversations with the Russians. So republicans can try to use this to play political football. But in reality, this will backfire.

BILL HEMMER: Is it a crime to talk to other countries during that period?

XOCHITL HINOJOSA: Whenever you are trying to interfere in an election, or in any way trying to go against the United States, I think that is something that is... But right now, when it comes to the Justice Department politicizing things, time and time again you continue to see this Justice Department politicize issues in order to help Donald Trump.

BILL HEMMER: The answer there is the suggestion of collusion. There is no proof of that. Where is that?

XOCHITL HINOJOSA: You continue to see this Justice Department and specifically Bill Barr trying to cover up for the president, generally... We want an independent Justice Department. But right now the American people can't trust that this Justice Department and this attorney general, that they are fair and that they are neutral, and not just trying to play political games in order to benefit Donald Trump.

BILL HEMMER: One more time, where's the proof about collusion? It's 2020.

XOCHITL HINOJOSA: I leave that to the investigators. Frankly, you have seen the investigations done, again. And I encourage you to look at all of the work that Democrats have done in the House to continue to show the cover-up by Donald Trump to show step by step the coverup by Donald Trump.

I think that right now it's extremely troubling, and if you are viewers watching at home I would say, "You know what? I want a new president and I want a new Justice Department who will remain independent and to take into consideration the rule of law before anything else."


BILL HEMMER: Why would Joe Biden want to know about Michael Flynn at that time?

XOCHITL HINOJOSA: Because, again, unmasking, first of all, is just trying to get more intelligence. And when it comes to Michael Flynn, and I've said this already, when it comes to Michael Flynn comes this is going to backfire on republican. They are trying to find more information when it came to Michael Flynn in his discussions with Russia and that's exactly what my answer was before.

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