Trump on Twitter: DNC blasted for shutting FBI out of hacked server
“Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible?!” Trump wrote early Sunday.
Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2017
Reports that the DNC refused to allow the FBI access to its servers after they were hacked and their contents published on WikiLeaks in July have been circulating for months.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed that these reports were indeed true while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, after the DNC denied being contacted by the FBI.
Trump’s seemingly random tweet prompted further denials from the Democrats, who have mocked the president for his latest outbursts. Former DNC chief Donna Brazile tweeted that the DNC had in fact cooperated with the FBI.
No sir. We cooperated with the Bureau and reached out to the RNC to warn them of what we found out. https://t.co/jr8Zg3z6bm— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) March 5, 2017
Brazile previously falsely claimed emails leaked from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s account, which exposed her sending CNN town hall questions to the campaign, had been doctored.
Social media users were quick to poke fun at the president, and accused him of conspiracy theories or being a little late with the news.
Others have questioned why he is directing his questions at the people of Twitter rather than his staff and arms of the intelligence community.
.@realDonaldTrump Don't you have experts in the White House to answer these questions?— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 5, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump are you reading news articles from September 2016? Are you this behind on the news?— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) March 5, 2017
The DNC claim is the latest in a spate of recent tweets by the president, who alleges Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during the election, a fact that both Obama and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have roundly denied.
Trump followed his DNC tweet with another question on Sunday, tagging the Fox and Friends TV show in the tweet. “Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, "Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?" he wrote.
Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, "Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?" @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2017
Trump was likely referring to reports that in 2012, Obama told former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev he would have more flexibility to deal with issues like missile defense after the presidential election.