MSNBC host Chris Hayes appeared on The Late Show and shared his own theory about WikiLeaks’ involvement in the 2016 election.
Hayes began by examining the “cover-up” of then-candidate Donald Trump‘s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and the timing of it since the non-discourse agreement was made after the infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked. He noted that the day the tape was leaked was also the same day that WikiLeaks dumped its first batch of John Podesta emails.
“I have always wondered about that timing and I think there’s something interesting about the fact that this got signed in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape that suggests to me that they were panicked about what the affects of that tape were that make me very interested in the timing of the WikiLeaks publishing,” Hayes told Stephen Colbert.
Hayes explained that he thinks there’s a “plausible case” that WikiLeaks emails were published in reaction to the Access Hollywood tape, which Colbert reacted by adding that such a case would require coordination with WikiLeaks and possibly the Russians who hacked those emails.
“So are you all-in on collusion?” Colbert asked.
“I don’t know what I don’t know,” Hayes responded.
Hayes then elaborated that he’s normally the type of person who “shies away from conspiracy theories” but because so many people are “acting guilty,” it’s because they’re “actually guilty.”
“Why is the president obstructing this inquiry?” Hayes continued. “I don’t know. Maybe he has something to hide.”
Colbert joked that there’s “no way of knowing other than him telling Lester Holt exactly why.”
Watch the clip above, via CBS.
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