There is “little doubt” that Russia is behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, a US official said Wednesday.
The remarks follow a week-long episode where leaked DNC emails showed Democratic officials giving preferential treatment to Hillary Clinton.
The emails inflamed Bernie Sanders supporters during the Democratic Party’s national convention, which led to widespread protests and the ousting of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The White House said there are “a full range of options available to us in the government” for potential consequences for the hack.
“That includes economic sanctions out of Department of Treasury, that includes a number of law enforcement measures that Department of Justice has announced and has taken action on,” spokesperson Eric Schultz said. “The United States isn’t going to pull any punches in terms of our response.”
The FBI said Monday they were investigating the hack. FBI Director James Comey also said Wednesday morning that some of the main players behind cyber threats are nation-states like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, but he did not comment on this specific case.
In an interview with NBC that aired Wednesday, President Barack Obama said “anything’s possible” when it comes to the question of Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to interfere with US politics. Obama also noted that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly praised Putin.
Trump said Wednesday that suggestions that Russia orchestrated the DNC hack to help his campaign were “a deflection.”
“Russia has no respect for our country,” Trump said at news conference in Florida. “It shows how weak we are, it shows how disrespected we are … it’s a total sign of disrespect for our country.”
The Kremlin has dismissed the accusations that they’re behind the hack, calling them “made-up horror stories.”