Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin continues to bash President-elect Donald Trump, whom he now claims is working for a "foreign power."
“There are two tests, the first test is this question: Does Donald Trump act on behalf of a foreign power, or does he act in the interests of a foreign power especially over our own interests?” McMullin said during an interview on MSNBC, notes The Hill.
“The clear answer to that is yes, and that is very alarming,” he added.
McMullin, a former CIA agent turned Goldman Sachs banker who gained notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign for running on a conservative platform while criticizing Trump, gaining a large following of liberal supporters in the process, then questioning whether Trump is completely under the Russian government.
“That’s very hard to determine. I think we would know more if we had his tax returns," McMullin said. "But it [is] very disturbing and peculiar, to say the least, that Donald Trump, that there is one thing he’s consistent on, it’s his defense of Vladimir Putin and the Russians."
McMullin then criticized Trump for not criticizing Russia.
"Over the past year, he has remained absolutely consistent on that," he said. “That is something we need to know more about, but it is truly alarming."
Democrats have consistently blamed Russia for allegedly hacking Democratic National Committee emails and releasing them to WikiLeaks, which published the ofttimes embarrassing documents and helped Trump defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
A U.S. intelligence report released on Jan. 6 concluded that the Russian government directed the hacks, but did not publicly provide hard evidence of such an act, according to Wired, and was mostly devoted to a critical analysis of Russia Today, the Russian government-sponsored news network that operates in the U.S.
The Russian government dismissed the U.S. intelligence report's accusations.
"These accusations are quite tiresome," Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told Russian media, according to the New York Daily News. "This is already reminiscent of a full-scale witch hunt."
"These absolutely unsubstantiated allegations sound rather amateur and emotional, which is hardly applicable to the highly professional work of truly top-notch security services," Peskov, said. He also called the intelligence report "amateur."