On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that President Obama “trumped up” the issue of Russian hacking to sow doubt about Donald Trump’s electoral victory, but that the President-Elect shouldn’t quote “enemy of the United States” Julian Assange.
Krauthammer criticized Trump’s quoting of Assange by saying, “it is a big mistake to quote somebody who clearly is a enemy of the United States, who we know has endangered the lives of people, particularly in Afghanistan and abroad, who have worked with us, and risked their lives, their lives are now at risk as a result of what Assange has done. So, I’m not sure bring him in is a good idea.”
He added, “Look, there’s no question that the Obama administration has trumped up this issue, that it ignored for 8 1/2 years, particularly the last year and a half, as a way to introduce some doubt in the minds of the electorate about the legitimacy of the Trump victory. But that may be true, but nonetheless, I think it is a mistake for Trump to play into this. He should simply stay out, let it play out.”
Krauthammer further stated that it was worth looking at re-structuring the DNI office.
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