Congressman 'Misspoke' By Claiming The Republican National Committee Had Been Hacked

Joshua Roberts / Reuters
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the RNC had been hacked.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) issued a statement saying he “misspoke” when he told CNN on Wednesday that the Republican National Committee had been hacked.

McCaul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Russian hackers “are not discriminating one party against other.”

Breaking: Russians have also hacked into the RNC, McCaul tells @wolfblitzer: “they’re not picking sides here”

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 14, 2016

Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, quickly denied McCaul’s claim, tweeting that “there has been no known breech”:

Not true.

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 14, 2016

Contrary to reports, there has been no known breech of @gop networks

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 14, 2016

McCaul said he meant to say that “in addition to [the] DNC, Republican political operatives have also been hacked.”

Democratic National Committee emails were leaked earlier this year. Both President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  said Russia was behind the hacking, releasing the emails as a show of support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.