When Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday lent his support to an investigation into the Russian government's alleged interference in the U.S. election, Team Trump realized they had a much bigger fire to put out than they initially thought.
Early Friday morning, President-elect Donald Trump shot off a tweet seeming to suggest that the ends justified the means.
Previously, Trump dismissed as sour grapes chatter that Vladimir Putin's Russia orchestrated a large scale breech of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails.
Whereas Trump himself tried to delegitimize Russia's involvement, his team claimed the scandal was an effort to delegitimize Trump's win.
"Going back to this overall narrative that is in the news right now, I think really clearly what this is, is an attempt to try to delegitimize President-elect Trump’s win," Trump communications director Jason Miller told Breitbart on Monday. "First after the election, it was the recount nonsense, then it was discussion of the popular vote and now it’s anonymous, off-the-record sources with conflicting information, trying to raise other issues. But really, where we are as an incoming administration is getting ready to serve the American people and hit the ground running."
"That might upset some people who are bitter that their candidate lost in November," he added, "but that’s not going to slow us down on focusing on going to work for the American people."