CNN’s Political Director David Chalian reacted to the White House’s response to the indictment of 12 Russian officers for election hacking by called the “self-serving” statement “truly offensive.”
“I know it’s not surprising, but it’s not any less outrageous because it’s not surprising. This is — so the United States Department of Justice puts forth a series of what it says are provable facts that they are going to be able to prove this case in court, about a direct attack on the core of our democracy, free and fair elections,” Chalian said, referring to today’s bombshell indictments.
He then turned to the White House’s reaction.
“And the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States, through his spokesperson, issues a statement that says absolutely nothing about the country being attacked, but instead is just a self-serving statement to say, ‘See, I told you so, this didn’t involve me or my campaign,'” he continued on. ” That is such a dereliction of duty, I find it truly offensive.”
Chalian was referring to a statement put out by White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters.
It read: “Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result. This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”
The statement is the first official reaction to the indictments and comes just days before Trump is expected to sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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