White House use Trump's tongue in cheek argument about Russian hackers to claim he knew

Washington Times:
The White House doubled down Thursday on President-elect Donald Trump’s purported knowledge of Russia’s hacking during the election, saying Mr. Trump should “cooperate” with a government investigation into whether Moscow’s interference helped him to win the presidency.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that rather than attacking the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, Mr. Trump should “actually be supportive of a thorough, transparent, vigorous, non-political investigation into exactly what happened, and to cooperate with it.”

President Obama’s spokesman repeated the administration’s accusation that Mr. Trump “obviously knew that Russia was engaged in malicious cyber-activity that was helping him and hurting Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s campaign.”


Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday that Mr. Earnest’s comments are “irresponsible.”

“He essentially stated that the president-elect had knowledge of this, maybe even fanned the flames. It’s incredibly irresponsible and I wonder if his boss, President Obama agrees,” she said on “Fox & Friends.”
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This is an absurd argument that is made in bad faith.

When Trump talked about Russian hackers he was making the tongue in cheek argument that perhaps those hackers could provide Clinton's missing emails that she destroyed.  It was an attack on her use of an illicit server and her destruction of evidence under subpoena.  Clinton was arguing that her server had not been hacked.

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