Ingraham: FBI Relied On Hacked Emails That Were ‘Virtually Irrelevant’
A cybersecurity expert on “The Ingraham Angle” weighed in on the FBI’s claim that it relied upon hacked emails to justify its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Peter Singer, the David S. Wyman Fellow in Defense Policy at the New America Foundation, said Tuesday that the FBI wasn’t paying attention to the evidence when deciding whether to launch an investigation of anyone in the Trump campaign.
FBI Director Christopher Wray made that claim Tuesday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on a wide-ranging hearing into how Russian government officials tried to influence the 2016 election.
He also said that 18 months of a lengthy investigation that took place during Trump’s presidency “clearly came from” the emails that were released by WikiLeaks and other outlets.
“These people were emailing with Russians — the reality of all this is that they were emailing with Russians, with the Russians’ computers, and it has nothing to do with the Russians’ production of [WikiLeaks’] information. All it does is validate that activity,” Wray said.
Singer said that the FBI investigation didn’t indicate the Russians had a “compelling public interest interest” in interfering with the election, calling the effort “a lot of it doesn’t square.”
“This is the United States of America, this is not the Soviet Union. We are allowed to make mistakes,” he said.
He added that a free and open society isn’t one in which governments can use hacked emails as a “one-sided weapon” or to commit crimes without any repercussions.
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