It looks like Donald Trump has known about Russia and their hacking for a while.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Trump knew before Election Day that Russia was behind a series of hacks on Democrats during the campaign.

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.”

From The Hill:

Earnest added that might have been a reason Trump “was encouraging them to keep doing it,” in reference to a speech Trump gave in July in which he asked Russia to reveal missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, a request he later called sarcastic.

Major news outlets widely covered emails hacked from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, during the campaign, as well as intelligence sources who believed Moscow was behind the breach. Last week the CIA released a report saying the hacks were Russian interference interference in the election with the intention of helping elect Trump.

“It was obvious to those who were covering the race that the hack-and-leak strategy that had been operationalized was not being equally applied to the two parties and to the two campaigns,” Earnest said. “There’s one side that was bearing the brunt of that strategy and another side that was clearly benefiting from it.”

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