That was the tweet Trump sent out yesterday referring to the press conference that he promised to hold today concerning the Russians hacking our election.The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Did you notice that Trump put intelligence in quotation marks?
The problem is that according to the intelligence folks that briefing was ALWAYS scheduled for Friday:
A senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the situation told NBC News Tuesday night that the heads of the NSA, CIA, FBI and the director of national intelligence were always scheduled to meet with Trump on Friday.
But here's the thing, as the president elect Trump can essentially get a briefing pretty much every single day.
We already know that many Senators, including Lindsay Graham and John McCain, have been briefed and believe firmly that the Russians are behind these hacks, so how can Trump not know?
Perhaps because he does not WANT to know.
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
So Trump is now openly questioning the findings of the American intelligence community and instead choosing to believe Julian Assange."@FoxNews: Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: “It’s very dishonest.” #Hannity pic.twitter.com/ADcPRQifH9" More dishonest than anyone knows— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
And you know the reason for that is because he is worried that the reports by the intelligence community, and there is a big report by the CIA headed to the President's desk in the next few days, will de-legitimize his election and undermine his ability to lead this country.
Which, in my opinion, is exactly what they should do.