President-elect Donald Trump should listen to the nation's intelligence community with an "open mind and a probing mind," as it comes forward with more complete assessments concerning cyber attacks occurring during the 2016 election campaign, Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday.
"I have a lot more faith in our intelligence officers serving around the world, the very smart and experienced analysts that we have here in the nation's capital than I do in people like Julian Assange, I can tell you that much," the Arkansas Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, following overnight tweets from Trump slamming the intelligence community.
Cotton said he does not dispute an October report that Russia or Russian agents were behind a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee's e-mail servers, as "that is to be expected from Russia."
"That is what they do," Cotton told the show. "They felt emboldened to do it the last eight years because Barack Obama has been weak on Russia but stopping me and other members of congress to draw a firmer line on Russia."
Cotton said it is reasonable to wait and see what is coming out in the intelligence community's more extensive report.
"The intelligence agencies have been working diligently to complete it and report to Donald Trump and President [Barack] Obama and the committees on Capitol Hill," said Cotton. "We will examine their conclusions, and I don't see much need to jump to conclusions about that until we see what their conclusions are."
The nation's intelligence community, Cotton continued, does not get the "credit and respect and honor" it deserves, and Trump should listen with an open mind to what investigators are saying, but there are also "real questions" about why there have been so many leaks over the issue.
Meanwhile, Cotton said he thinks Obama has "actively blocked measures" to take a more firm line on Russia, because he has thought since the beginning he would be able to reset U.S.-Russia relations, or use Russia for other goals.
"I bet he regrets making fun of Mitt Romney saying Russia was our number-one political adversary or telling the president of Russia he needed more flexibility to wait until after the election," said Cotton. "I wish he would have come to this recognition several years ago."
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