‘There Should Be Howls’: McCaskill Slams Trump for ‘Trashing’ US Intel, Putting Assange ‘on a Pedestal’


During the Senate’s hearing on Russia’s alleged hacking today, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) went after Donald Trump for constantly putting U.S. intelligence down while propping up Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper took questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, during which time he described a multifaceted Russian campaign to infiltrate American political networks while spreading misinformation and fake news.

McCaskill eventually got a chance to ask questions, and she asked, “Who actually is the benefactor of someone who is about to become commander-in-chief trashing the intelligence community?”

McCaskill’s question was clearly an allusion to Trump, who has aired his disdain multiple times about the possibility that Russian interference enabled him to win the election more easily. Clapper noted that there’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement, but McCaskill responded that only America’s enemies will benefit if the people lose faith in the nation’s intel agencies.

McCaskill went on to thank Clapper and Republican figures who have defended American intel, then she bashed Trump for putting the founder of Wikileaks “on a pedestal” instead of America’s own operatives.

“I think it should bring about… a cry no matter whether you’re Republican or Democrat. There should be howls, and mark my word, if the roles were reversed, there would be howls from the Republican side of the aisle.”

Earlier this morning, Trump tweeted about his resentment for media descriptions about how he’s siding with Assange rather than the country’s intelligence figures.

Watch above, via Fox.

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