Podesta Won’t Say If American Presidential Election Was Free, Fair

During an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday, former Hillary Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, refuses to say if the American presidential election was a free and fair election.

Podesta was asked point blank by Todd if it was a free and fair election.

"Do you believe this was a free and fair election?" he asked.

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Podesta dodged the question, citing Russian hacking as interference in the election process.

He also made sure to point out that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.

"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 helped Trump and that as they have noted this week, NBC first revealed that Vladimir Putin was personally involved with that" he said. "So, I think that people went to the polls. They cast their votes. Hillary Clinton got 2.9 million more votes than Donald Trump. But, Donald Trump is claiming the Electoral College victory and tomorrow the electors will get to vote."

Todd called him out for not answering the question, then asked it again.

"You didn't answer the question," Todd said. "Do you believe it was a free and fair election?"

Podesta finally said that he thought the election was "distorted."

"Well, I think it was– I think it was distorted by the Russian intervention,"  Podesta said. "Let's put it that way."

Todd asked him for clarification.

"And what does ‘distorted' mean," he said. "How should–I mean, let me ask you this then–"

Podesta cut him off.

"A foreign adversary directly intervened into our democratic institution and tried to tilt the election to Donald Trump," he said. "I think that if you look back and see what happened over the course of the last few weeks, you see the way the votes broke. You know, I was highly critical of the way the FBI, particularly the FBI director, managed the situation with respect to the Russian engagement versus Hillary Clinton's e-mails. I think that all had an effect on the election."