Donald Trump called on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during
his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on
Monday to hand over its server to the FBI to prove Russia hacked into
Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Trump if he believed U.S.
intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in the election or
Putin’s assertion that Russia did not and if he would denounce that
interference and tell Putin to never do it again.
said he had confidence in both parties but added he would like to see
the DNC hand over its server.
will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia]. But I
really do want to see the server,” he said.
DNC refused to turn over its server to authorities, and, instead, had a
private company, Crowdstrike, examine it for forensic evidence.
Crowdstrike attributed the
hacking to two Russian groups, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear.
also said he wanted to see the House Democratic Caucus server handled by
former DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s former IT aide,
Imran Awan, who went
happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the
DNC? Where are those servers? They’re missing. Where are they?” he
also asked what happened to the emails from Clinton’s home-brewed email
server that she said were personal and could not be recovered.
thousand emails gone — just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn’t be
gone so easily. I think it’s a disgrace that we can’t get Hillary
Clinton’s 33,000 e-mails,” he said.
I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you
that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial
today, Trump told Lemire.
noted Putin’s offer for U.S. officials to work with Russian
investigators to question those whom special counsel Robert Mueller
he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on
the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12
people,” Trump said.
said Mueller could send questions for the 12 indicted Russian military
intelligence officers and potentially attend interviews if the U.S.
would be willing to reciprocate with those in the U.S. whom the Russians
believe have committed crimes in Russia.