On Oct. 7, around an hour after Trump’s graphic “Access Hollywood” tape leaked, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta watched as Wikileaks revealed tens of thousands of his emails in a series of coordinated releases.
He’ll tell you that timing was “not a coincidence.”
Podesta sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” this morning in his first interview since Election Day, revealing startling details about how the FBI addressed the breach and release of his emails, sharing post-election autopsy comments, commenting on the ongoing transition and discussing tomorrow’s Electoral College vote.
After the Wikileaks release, Podesta says the FBI failed to contact him for two days — and has not contacted him since.
He also details how the FBI chose its public actions carefully this fall. The bureau refused to join Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson and Director of National Intelligence chief James Clapper in a stance on Russian intervention, citing how “political” it could be, yet FBI Director James Comey released a public letter initiating a new review of Hillary Clinton’s emails just 11 days before the election. (The FBI is now in alignment with the rest of the American intelligence community that Russia intervened on behalf of President-Elect Donald Trump.) Podesta argues that FBI Director James Comey’s actions had a “big effect” on the election.
Podesta is adamant about the fact that despite deliberate, agreed-upon Russian intervention, Americans still voted, and Donald Trump still won the Electoral College.
The Electoral College vote is formalized tomorrow at noon in every time zone, meaning that we won’t have final results until Hawaii votes at noon in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (UTC-10). Podesta has been a proponent for sharing intelligence on Russian intervention with electors in the interest of swaying their vote.
In this interview, Podesta renews his call to publish and declassify as much evidence and intelligence on Russian intervention as possible in the wake of the election, to make sure “this doesn’t happen again.”