Campaign was “in cahoots” with WikiLeaks in releasing damaging Clinton-related information - and responded, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”53 4. After the Election, Trump Continues to Deny Any Contacts or Connections ' with Russia or That Russia Aided his Election On November 8, 2016, Trump was elected President. Two days later, Russian ofﬁcials told the press that the Russian government had maintained contacts with Trump’s “immediate entourage” during the campaign.54 In response, Hope Hicks, who had been the Trump Campaign spokesperson, said, “We are not aware of any campaign representatives that were in touch with any foreign entities before yesterday, when Mr. Trump spoke with many world leaders.”55 Hicks gave an additional statement denying any contacts between the Campaign and Russia: “It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”56 On December 10, 2016, the press reported, that US. intelligence agencies had “concluded that Russia interfered in last month’s presidential election to boost Donald Trump’s bid for the White House.”57 Reacting to the story the next day, President—Elect Trump stated, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse.”58 He continued that no one really knew who was responsible for the hacking, suggesting that the intelligence community had “no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.”59 The President-Elect 53 Louis Nelson, Pence denies Trump camp in cahoots with WikiLeaks, Politico (Oct. 14, 2016). 54 Ivan Nechepurenko, Russian Ofﬁcials Were in Contact With Trump Allies, Diplomat Says, New York Times (Nov. 10, 2016) (quoting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov saying, “[t]here were contacts" and “I cannot say that all, but a number of them maintained contacts with Russian representatives”); Jim Heintz & Matthew Lee, Russia eyes better ties with Trump; says contacts underway, Associated Press (Nov. l l, 2016) (quoting Ryabkov saying, “I don’t say that all of them, but a whole array of them supported contacts with Russian representatives”). 55 Ivan Nechepurenko, Russian Oﬁicials Were in Contact With Trump Allies, Diplomat Says, New York Times (Nov. 11, 2016) (quoting Hicks). 56 Jim Heintz & Matthew Lee, Russia eyes better ties with Trump; says contacts underway, Associated Press (Nov. 10, 2016) (quoting Hicks). Hicks recalled that after she made that statement, she spoke with Campaign advisers Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller, Jason Miller, and probably Kushner and Barnum to ensure it was accurate, and there was no hesitation or pushback from any of them. Hicks 12/8/17 302, at 4. 57 Damien Gayle, CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump win election, say reports, Guardian (Dec. 10, 2016). 58 Chris Wallace Hosts “Fox News Sunday, ” Interview with President—Elect Donald T rump, CQ Newsmaker Transcripts (Dec. 1 1, 2016). 59 Chris Wallace Hosts ”Fox News Sunday, ” Interview with President—Elect Donald Trump, CQ Newsmaker Transcripts (Dec. 11, 2016).
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