Fox News Sunday's host Chris Wallace sparred with the president-elect's new Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus over whether Trump believes the Intelligence communities that Russia did hack and interfere with US election.
For over five minutes, Reince Priebus kept trying to change the subject when Wallace asked him directly, "Does the president-elect accept the consensus of the intel community?"
Wallace started off the interview by saying, "President-elect Trump told me last weekend that the CIA conclusion that Russia interfered with the election to help him was, quote, ridiculous, and it could have been some guy in a basement. well, now the CIA director, John Brennan, says he's met with the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the FBI and, quote, there's strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference. question, does the president-elect accept the consensus of the Intel community?"
Priebus replied, "Well, I think a lot of these things, though, Chris, are coming through third parties. We haven't heard from Comey."
Wallace replied, "This is CIA director Brennan. You think he's lying about what Jim Comey thinks?"
Suddenly the Trump team doesn't like hearing reports in media coming from the intelligence community.
Priebus said, "I don't think he is, but it sure would be nice to hear from everybody. If there is this conclusive opinion among all of these intelligence agencies, then they should issue a report or they should stand in front of a camera and make the case."
Yes, just like all those FBI agents that leaked smears and lies to Rudy Giuliani to pass on to Fox News, you mean?
Oh, wait. The CIA Director is putting his name on his conclusions. The same conclusions that 17 different intel agencies agree with.
Then Priebus tried to change the subject away from Russia and said, "I think the real question is why the Democrats and why these electors and why Moveon.org and all of these organizations are doing everything they can to delegitimize the outcome of the election."
Trump surrogates are very good at slipping away from the direct questions they are asked about Donald, but Wallace refused to be swayed off topic and said, "I'm going to get to that on the electors. I'm asking you a simple question. Does the president-elect accept the consensus, and that's what John Brennan said it was, the consensus about the Intel community's assessment on Russian interference?"
Priebus replied said, "I think he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the American people that they're actually on the same page as opposed to third parties through The Washington Post."
After Reince said there's no definitive evidence that details if any of the hacks played a part in the outcome of the election, Wallace continued, "I agree with that. and that's fair, but I'm asking you about the specific question of Russian intelligence."
Wallace said, "Does President Trump accept -- or trust the intelligence community -- this is a CIA director saying this, not a third party -- or does he trust the Russian denial?"
Priebus then said, "I think that they're almost there, except for the fact they haven't been totally up front and transparent in their opinion as to who, what, where, and how this all happened."
Priebus tried to paint the intelligence communities as leakers with a political agenda against Trump, but unlike the FBI, he's just trying to come up with excuses that are not plausible.
Donald Trump has no intention of ever admitting Russia did anything wrong during the general election because to his ego, it makes him look weak.
Let's see Republicans investigate this outrage with the same temerity as they did with Benghazi.
How about even one special select committee?