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John Podesta refuses to say election was 'free and fair

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In an interview Sunday, Hillary Clinton confidante John Podesta discussed may things with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," but of particular interest — and certainly to Todd, who reiterated the question after Podesta failed to answer it — was whether or not the election was "free and fair":

Todd is alluding to whether or not the Russians "hacked" the election and cleared the way for Trump to win, a subject Podesta recently opined about in an op-ed for the Washington Post. His Post column column led Trump adviser Newt Gingrich to offer an opinion of his own, as The Blaze reported last week:

But Newt Gingrich — a top surrogate of President-elect Donald Trump — thinks Podesta and Democrats are simply being sore losers. He said on Fox News Friday that Podesta is “desperately” searching for excuses as to why Clinton lost.

“Podesta is desperately trying to find somebody else to say, ‘It wasn’t my fault that I was a stupid campaign manager, somebody else did it to us. It’s beyond my control,'” Gingrich commented.

“Well, nice try,” he added.

Podesta's interview with Todd also covered whether the FBI had been thorough in their investigation into the purported hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, where several of Podesta's exchanges led to charges against the Democrats and Hillary Clinton of scandal and crony capitalism.

NBC reports that Podesta alluded to Wikileaks leaking his emails after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released with the now infamous conversation between then-candidate Donald Trump and reporter Billy Bush.

"Let's go through the chronology. On October 7, the Access Hollywood tapes comes out. One hour later, WikiLeaks starts dropping my emails into the public," Podesta told Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," referencing the leaked tape from 2005 that features now-President-elect Donald Trump bragging in graphic terms about kissing and groping women without their consent. "One could say that those things might not have been a coincidence. Two days later, the FBI contacted me, and the first thing the agent said to me was, 'I don't know if you're aware but your email account might have been hacked.' I said, yes, I was aware of that."

Podesta went on to say that was the last time he has heard from the FBI. That agency recently agreed with the CIA assessment that the Russians had indeed planned a covert operation to disrupt the electoral process and help Trump defeat Clinton.

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