Claims that the Russian government had some sort of influence in the US presidential election are becoming louder and louder from President-elect Donald Trump’s opposition, including President Obama. As little evidence has been offered, some are asking for an investigation into the election while others have pointed to different sources for any suspected meddling throughout the race.
Recently, the intelligence community has offered up a “consensus” concluding that Russia had influence in the election.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to say whether or not Trump would accept the intelligence community’s “consensus.”
“Does the president-elect accept the consensus […] of the intelligence community about Russian interference and its intent?” asked host Chris Wallace.
Priebus said that Trump would accept the findings if the intelligence community could find themselves “on the same page:”
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-
Wallace cut in, saying that CIA Director John Brennan issued a statement about the investigation. Priebus contered that FBI Director James Comey had yet to issue a statement. He said that the intelligence community needed to be clear on the investigation results.
When asked, Priebus agreed that Brennan’s statement was not enough to go by.
The FBI also stepped in to back the CIA. Brennan, who had told his employees that he spoke with Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in a message that “there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election.”