CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto and security analyst Bob Baer had a wake-up-call moment with Don Lemon on Friday when the three discussed President-elect Donald Trump’s response to his intelligence briefing on the Russian hacks.
Sciutto explained that at the top of the briefing, in large letters, it revealed “in stark terms” that Russia interfered in the election. “The intent being to help you, Mr. Trump win the election,” Sciutto relayed.
“Second, the cyberattacks targeted both parties, Democrats and Republicans but the releases of the stolen information only targeted one of those parties,” Sciutto continued. “That’s the Democrats, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and effort finds the U.S. intelligence community, to denigrate her and reduce her chances of winning and increase Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency.”
Lemon noted that the intelligence community never alleged that the Russians were able to break through the voting infrastructure and the rumors that it was possible was simply conjecture. He also pointed out that the intelligence report didn’t make any assessment on the political impact that the hack had on the election, that wasn’t the goal of the report.
Baer called the report Trump’s “Pearl Harbor,” emphasizing that it is clear, can be traced and left little doubt.
“Trump understands the implications of this,” Baer continued. “Russians may have helped him to win the presidency. I can’t read it any other way, and you’re right, the intelligence community is not going to assess how much effect this Russian covert action had on the elections. They can’t. CIA doesn’t have the ability, neither does the FBI. But, I think, this report undermines the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. He knows it, that’s why talking about the Chinese and Iranians and all these people. He’s trying to deflect the implications but I think it’s devastating for him.”
Sciutto refused to say whether he believed that it undermined Trump’s legitimacy but acknowledged that it certainly raised questions. Trump himself does seem to feel that this report unfairly undermines his win. Read full story here