In response to questions about whether the Russian government tried to influence the U.S. election, President-elect Donald Trump's incoming White House Communications Director, Sean Spicer, questioned why failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn't being questioned for the same thing (video below).
“Everyone in the media wants to jump forward and make a conclusion based off other sourced information, you know anonymous sources that are coming out of the intelligence community, he’s going to do this right,” Spicer told ABC's “This Week” host Jonathan Karl.
Karl asked Spicer about the allegations Russia hacked Democratic National Committee emails, which have primarily been made by anonymous sources within the U.S. intelligence community and repeated by President Barack Obama's administration, Democrats, and some Republican Senators, including John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“What this says is that the DNC had a problem with their IT security and people tried to hack it and they need to do a better job of protecting it,” Spicer said.
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Spicer went on to note that DNC Chairwoman and former CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave prepared debate questions to the Clinton campaign before a Democratic primary debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- an action that violated debate rules and led to Brazile being fired from CNN.
“Why aren’t we talking about the other influences on the election? Why aren’t we talking about Hillary Clinton getting debate questions ahead of time?” Spicer said. “No one is asking those questions. The fact is that everyone wants to make Donald Trump admit to certain things. When do we talk about the other side, which is what did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election? Is she being punished?”
Trump's response to the Russian hack allegations has been one of skepticism and restraint.
"I just want them to be sure, because it's a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure," Trump told NBC News about the allegations. "And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation."
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Trump didn't elaborate on the things he knew that others didn't, but said they might be revealed in the next few days.