O'Reilly on Election Hacking: The Russians Did It & Putin Knew About It
In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O'Reilly reacted to the latest allegations about Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
He noted that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, "I don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we've seen in this case."
O'Reilly said he believes Clapper, but noted that there has been no definitive proof put forth that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, interfered.
He explained there's no "smoking gun" because the intelligence community has to protect its sources of information.
O'Reilly pointed out that President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not accept the intelligence community's verdict against Russia and Putin, although that could change tomorrow after Trump is briefed by intelligence leaders.
He said that unlike Trump, he believes the Russians were indeed involved in the election-related hacks, with the intent to create as much chaos as possible for America.
"And nothing happens at that level unless Putin approves," O'Reilly said. "Summing up: The Russians did it, Putin knew about it, and President-elect Trump has to decide if further action against Russia is necessary."
Watch the Talking Points Memo above, and share your thoughts in the comments.