10:16 Jul. 25, 2016
Trump aide dismisses Russian involvement
A top Donald Trump campaign adviser dismissed allegations from Hillary Clinton's campaign that Russian hackers were behind the DNC email leak, charging it shows how "desperate" the campaign is heading into the Democratic National Convention.
"They're pretty desperate pretty quickly," Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said at a press conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24.
"It's a far reach, obviously. To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are in this campaign."
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook made the suggestion on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, tying it to "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian" — a reference to a Washington Post report revealing the Trump campaign worked successfully to remove a commitment to giving weapons to anti-Russian forces in Ukraine from the GOP platform last week. Full story