WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Russian government at President Vladimir Putin's direction clearly conducted cyberattacks on the United States to influence the presidential election, but the assault did not change ballots, the final count or the reporting of election results.
President Trump was referring to Wednesday's congressional testimony by former homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson.
Johnson faces questions on june 21, 2017, about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election as the House intelligence committee presses ahead with its investigation. "Why didn't they stop them?" he asked.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's ranking Democrat, noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed intrusions into voter registration databases in Arizona and IL, and said Americans need to know the identities of the other 19 states where meddling was detected. It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!' Trump said during the Twitter rant.
In a third tweet Thursday, Trump sought to use Johnson's testimony as proof of his vindication in the Russian Federation investigation.
Special counsel Robert Mueller was later named to lead the investigation, and The Washington Post reported that Mueller is considering investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired Comey.
In his testimony, Johnson said the DNC shrugged off the help.
The Washington Post reported last week that Mueller was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, as well as probing Russia's activities to influence the election and whether there was any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. The public disclosure finally came October 7, when Johnson and James R. Clapper the then-director of national intelligence, said in a joint statement that Russian Federation was involved in cyber "threats and disclosures ... meant to interfere with the U.S. Election process".
And if he really does not believe that this happened - that a foreign government tried to hijack our democracy and install its preferred candidate in the White House - he should schedule a briefing or two with someone from any of the 16 intelligence agencies who can explain it to him. The only person who disputes this is Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows to cut "job-killing" regulations on tech industry Trump: "I didn't record Comey conversations Trump-Modi talks can aid breakup of burdensome barriers to India trade MORE".
President Donald Trump thinks that Russian Federation was "probably" responsible election hacks that hurt his opponent, the White House said Thursday, he's just exhausted of Democrats using the illegal activity as a crutch for their electoral loss.
"I understand the notion of victimization, but I do not believe our country is made safer by holding this information back from the American public", Warner said.
"I began discussions with my staff on what should we be doing", Johnson said.
The government concluded by late September that 21 states' election-related systems "were potentially targeted by Russian government cyber actors", Samuel Liles, acting director of Homeland Security's cyberintelligence and analysis division testified. But that's not what Johnson said.
All 17 intelligence agencies have agreed Russian Federation was behind the hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Trump.