Why the Trump-Pence administration is still in a state of shock over Russia
The Trump administration is reeling from a surprise report Thursday that the Trump team had in fact received information from a Kremlin-connected Russian bank that might be used to hack the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account.
Sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News the Trump administration has no idea whether that information came from Russia.
But, the sources said, the Trump camp and senior officials have been in a “state of shock” over the reports and believe the Russians did it.
One of the sources told NBC, “They are now freaking out because they didn’t know what the Russians said.
They didn’t have the facts and they don’t want to have the truth.”
Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Monday fired the deputy national security adviser, a day after news broke that Flynn was working on a deal to sell the Russian-linked bank’s information to the Trump campaign.
The bank’s chairman, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was present at the meeting.
A spokesman for the Treasury Department said Wednesday the Trump government is aware of the reports, but did not comment further.