White House Says Trump May Have Known Russia Was Behind Hacks Before Election Day

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Trump may have known that Russia was behind the hacks that helped his campaign long before election day.

During his daily briefing with reporters, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “There’s ample evidence that was known long before the election and in most cases long before October about the Trump campaign and Russia — everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent. It might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him, that Russia was involved and their involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign. That’s why he was encouraging them to keep doing it.”

The investigation into the Russian hacks is going to turn on the questions of what did Donald Trump and his campaign know, and when did he know it? The fact that there has been no official movement towards giving the Electoral College electors a security briefing suggests that Trump is going to be the next President Of The United States. The odds of stopping Trump via the Electoral College were always very slim.

The Russia hacking scandal is going to follow Trump into office and hangs over his head like an ominous thunderstorm cloud that could erupt into a downpour at any time. If there is evidence that Trump or his campaign were working with the Russians to tip the election, that evidence needs to be released right now.

The White House is speaking out on this scandal, but they are capable of doing more. President Obama must release all relevant information related to the Russian hacks and election interference so that Electoral College electors, members of Congress, and the American people can decide the fate our democracy going forward.