Lindsey Graham REVOLTS, Breaks With GOP And Calls Out Trump For Cozying Up To Julian Assange

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Lindsey Graham, one of the leading Republican critics of Donald Trump’s refusal to accept that Russian hackers meddled in the presidential election, said Wednesday that “it’s very disturbing” that the president-elect is citing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to justify his skepticism.

Graham, speaking to CNN late Wednesday morning, reiterated that he has “no doubt” that Russia is behind the hacks on Democratic Party officials’ emails during the campaign and torched Assange, whose website published the messages.

“Mr. Assange is a fugitive from the law, hiding in an embassy, who has a history of undermining American interests,” Graham said. “I hope no American will be duped by him. You shouldn’t give him any credibility.”

Trump on Wednesday morning took to Twitter to promote comments Assange made to Fox News’ Sean Hannity denying that the Russian government was WikiLeaks’ source. Trump also tweeted Assange’s assertion that U.S. media coverage is “very dishonest.”

Asked about the tweets, Graham described them as “very disturbing, quite frankly,” and urged Trump to trust the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment about Russia’s involvement in the hacking after he receives a briefing on the topic on Friday.

“This was done by the Russians, and I hope by Friday President-elect Trump comes to that realization and ignores Mr. Assange,” Graham said. “Not only should he ignore Julian Assange, he should condemn him for what he’s done to our country, putting our soldiers at risk, putting our foreign policy at risk. Julian Assange is no friend of America and he’s no friend of democracy.”

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