CBS to Podesta: Shouldn't We Assume Clinton Server Was Hacked?

July 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was questioned by CBS anchor Charlie Rose Tuesday as to why the Russians wouldn't have been able to hack Hillary Clinton's private email server, even though they have hacked the White House and Department of State.

CBS host Norah O'Donnell noted to him that the Clinton campaign has charged the Russians with actively aiding Donald Trump by hacking the DNC. After he mentioned how both the White House and Department of State have been hacked and precautions had to be taken, Rose asked if it could be assumed that Clinton's private email server was similarly accessed.

"In light of that, should you not assume that Hillary Clinton's server was hacked?" Rose asked.

"No," Podesta said.

"Why not?" Rose asked.

"Because there was no evidence of it, because the FBI—," Podesta said.

"People hack without being discovered," Rose said.

"Well, they discovered the DNC, didn't they?" Podesta said. "And when they did the forensics, they found out who did it."

"But if they could do it with the DNC and with the White House and the State Department, why couldn't they do it with Hillary Clinton?" Rose asked.

Podesta said the year-long FBI investigation into Clinton's server could not find proof of a hacking, although he admitted it was not definitive. FBI Director James Comey, in his statements regarding the investigation into Clinton's server, said that her server may have been hacked.

Nevertheless, Podesta tried to argue that Clinton's server was more secure than those of the White House and Department of Defense.

"One could argue that this was even a more secure system than others," he said.