Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

Trevor Jackson
June 23, 2017

In testimony Wednesday before the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Johnson said that Russia's meddling, directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was "unprecedented" in scale and scope.

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a House panel Wednesday that Russian hackers did not change any votes cast in the 2016 US presidential election.

USA officials have outlined the threat Russian Federation posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, describing efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation.

"For election cybersecurity, our department - in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others - is leading the partnerships with the states and locals", said Manfra with Homeland Security. There's no evidence the hackers changed people's votes this time, but lawmakers say more needs to be done to prevent that from happening in the future.

Yet Johnson is not involved in Mueller's expanding federal investigation into Russian interference and therefore would not have the knowledge or authority to exonerate Trump. And says her office is working closely with the DHS, FBI and state Election Integrity Task Force to monitor and enhance security practices. He said such secrecy was unhelpful and that he would be trying to find out the truth.

After saying Johnson had vindicated him, Trump aimed his tweetstorm at the Obama administration and Democrats.

President Trump was referring to Wednesday's congressional testimony by former homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson. "Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia", the president tweeted.

The DNC's decision disappointed Johnson, who said that he "shouldn't camped out" at its headquarters.

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"A sophisticated actor could hack an election simply by focusing on certain counties", Senator King said.

He said Russian Federation for years has tried to influence US elections but that the "scale" and "aggressiveness" of its efforts in 2016 made the attempts more significant.

But a member of the president's private legal team, Jay Sekulow, has said he believes Trump is not under investigation because the team has not received notice from Mueller.

While Trump and his underlings continue to play silly games with the question of whether the Russians hacked into computers to influence the election a year ago, they might want to tell the Department of Homeland Security, where one official just admitted that they hit nearly two dozen state election computer systems.

The DNC would not cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security following the claim that Russians hacked into computer systems during the 2016 elections.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010.

He shared that he grew increasingly more anxious about a cyberattack against the USA election system and that he and others "sounded the alarm but that the press and voters were focused on a lot of other things". They don't want our help.

Aside from the total number of states, the government representatives would not discuss which specifically were targeted or how many were breached.

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