Contrary to Trump's claim, there are no public reports that the Central Intelligence Agency requested to investigate the DNC's server.
After Trump and Putin met for more than two hours, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump raised the issue of Russia's meddling in the election and that Putin denied the allegation, as he has in the past. But it was unclear why the president chose to attack Podesta at this time, according to Mediaite.
Mr Trump may be confusing Mr Podesta's email hack with a different, damaging hack of Democrats.
In a series of tweets, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman rebutted a number of Trump's Twitter claims. "You're representing the USA at the G20", he concluded. USA intelligence agencies have reported that there's evidence that Putin orchestrated a hacking campaign during the US presidential election to benefit Trump.
"Get a grip man, the Russians committed a crime when they stole my emails to help get you elected President", Mr Podesta tweeted in a string of jabs at the President. The former campaign manager was the subject of some embarrassment when his emails, along with the DNC emails, were hacked and released via Wikileaks.
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Podesta did not hold a position at the DNC, and he was not in a position to assert control over its email sever.
- John Podesta (@johnpodesta) July 7, 20175/ BTW, I had nothing to do with the DNC.
As recently as Thursday, Trump declined to say definitively that Russian Federation had meddled in last year's USA elections - a conclusion reached by multiple US intelligence agencies. While Podesta's emails were hacked, his emails were separate from those of the DNC's, which were also hacked by Russians.
Podesta finished off his broadside against Trump by urging him to focus on the G-20 summit, rather than commenting on the ongoing controversies surrounding his administration back in Washington.
"I think it could very well have been Russian Federation, but I think it could well have been other countries", Trump said at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Here, he is referring to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). "Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure". "Not trade, climate change, refugees, North Korea, Syria ...they're talking about JOHN PODESTA?!?"