South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) said Wednesday that not only did the Russians hack the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's emails, but they also hacked into his own presidential campaign account.
"I do believe that the Russians hacked into the DNC. I do believe they hacked into Podesta's email account. They hacked into my campaign account," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding:
I do believe that all of the information released publicly hurt Clinton and didn't hurt Trump, but I don't think the outcome of the election is in doubt. What we should do is not turn on each other but work as one people to push back against Russia. Because if you don't stop Russia, China and Iran will eventually do this because Trump is going to take China and Iran on. He should. I want to help him do both but they will turn on him and they will hack into his emails.
Blitzer followed up by saying he wasn't aware that the senator's campaign was hacked, pressing for more details.
"Our campaign vendor that we used was hacked. We were told by the FBI in August that we were hacked in June," Graham said, adding that the Russian hacking was less about "pulling for Trump" and more about "destabilizing democracy all over the world."
It's bigger than that. They're trying to break the backs of democracies. They're doing worse things in other countries. They're trying to get us to fight among ourselves and here's what we should do: We should tell the Russians in no uncertain terms, you interfered in our elections, we don't care why, we're going to hit you and hit you hard. I'm going to introduce sanctions that will be bipartisan that names Putin as an individual, his inner circle, for not only hacking into our political systems, but destabilizing democracies throughout the world.
It is the first time that Graham, who ran in the Republican presidential primary, has revealed his campaign's emails were compromised.
But while Graham's campaign might have been hacked by the Russians, it doesn't appear as though the Kremlin saw anything written by the senator himself. He told NBC's Chuck Todd in March, “I don’t email. You can have every email I’ve ever sent. I’ve never sent one," Politico reported.
Lindsey Graham: Russians hacked into my campaign account. https://t.co/AWRHIWxOhS
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