Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the he thought the election was “free and fair,” Podesta demurred.
“Well, look, I think the Russians clearly intervened in the election and I think that now we know that both the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI all agree that the Russians intervened [and] helped Trump and that as … NBC first revealed, that Vladimir Putin was personally involved with that,” he replied.
Host Chuck Todd then pressed Podesta, saying: “You didn’t answer the question. Do you believe it was a free and fair election?”
“Well, I think it was — I think it was distorted by the Russian intervention,” Podesta said. “Let’s put it that way.”
Both the CIA and FBI have concluded that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump win.