'I'm asking you a simple question': Fox News host confronts RNC chair over Trump's denial of Russia hacks

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday pushed President-elect Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff to answer whether Trump believes US intelligence reports that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through strategically hacked and leaked private emails from the Democratic Party organizations and officials.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Wallace interjected when Reince Priebus argued first that Trump would accept US intelligence findings if they were made public. The anchor noted that CIA Director John Brennan issued a memo to employees saying the American intelligence community as a whole believed that Russia meddled in the election.

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"A lot of these things, though Chris, are coming through third parties. We haven't heard from Comey," Priebus said when asked about the reports, referring to FBI Director James Comey.

"This is CIA Director Brennan. You think he's lying about what Jim Comey thinks?" Wallace replied.

Priebus said he did not believe that Brennan was lying, but claimed that Trump would accept that Russia interfered in the US election if intelligence leaders, including FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, publicly came out and said so.

"It'd sure be nice to hear from everybody. If there really is this conclusive opinion among all of these intelligence agencies, then they should issue a report and stand in front of a camera and make the case," Priebus said.

He added: "I think he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, and show the American people that they're actually on the same page as opposed to third parties through The Washington Post."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak to the press after their meeting at Trump Tower on December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump has so far refused to accept intelligence agencies' assessments, which have been relayed through reports in various outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post. Trump has called the reports "ridiculous" and insisted that the hacker "could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace."

The Republican National Committee chair also dismissed that the hacked and leaked emails were not enough to sway the election in Clinton's favor.

"There's no evidence that shows that the outcome of the election was changed because a couple dozen John Podesta emails were out there," Priebus said, referring to the steady drip of hacked emails that were released from the Hillary Clinton campaign chair's personal account in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

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