President Barack Obama says it is "possible" that the Russian government would try to influence the U.S. elections by hacking into the Democratic National Committee systems and leaking the party's emails.
In an interview with "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie, Obama noted that while the FBI is still investigating what happened, "what we do know is that the Russians hack our systems," government and private.
"But, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, I can't say directly. What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin," Obama said.
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Pressed on if he's suggesting that Russian president Putin might be motivated to prefer Trump in the White House, Obama said, "I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said. And I think that Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russia."
The full interview with the president will air Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the "Today" show.