Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Isn't Sure If Russian Hacking Happened, But Is Still Blaming Obama


Trump, frequently lashes out at the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" spearheaded by Democrats. "It's all a big Dem HOAX!".

"The FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion", said Johnson, adding later, "the DNC did not feel it needed DHS's assistance at that time".

It doesn't appear votes themselves were changed, but experts say Russian Federation could be gearing up for a bigger attack on future elections.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is testifying at a House intelligence committee hearing as the panel presses ahead with its investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and still hasn't?"

Regardless of what he finds, there's no doubt that security relating to the 2018 mid-term elections will be a major focus over the next year - and that'll be doubly true for 2020's presidential election.

President Trump claimed in tweets on Thursday that last year's Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other political organizations is a hoax created by the Democratic Party. "I don " t think it works just to say it " s a big system and diversity will protect us".

"Russia's activities included efforts to discredit Secretary Clinton and to publicly contrast her unfavorably with President Trump".

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they've had a productive meeting with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The investigation has shadowed Mr Trump from the outset, though he has denied any ties to Russian Federation or knowledge of any campaign co-ordination with Moscow.

In Thursday morning's Twitter rant, Trump first continued his trend of viewing every testimony by intelligence officials as evidence of his vindication amid the growing probes into whether Russian Federation not only interfered in the election but also had ties with members of his campaign team.

Johnson was pressed during Wednesday's hearing about why more was not done to combat Russia's meddling efforts.

Johnson was asked by Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy whether he had seen evidence of collusion or coordination between Trump and associates and Russian Federation while he was still in office.

When the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, grilled him on the Obama Administration's slow public response to the Russia's cyberattacks - which it first mentioned in October - Mr. Johnson discussed what many political observers agreed were a uniquely chaotic and complex set of circumstances during the campaign.

"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.

Trump has picked fights with intelligence agencies in the past, blaming them for leaks about his associates' Russian Federation ties. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City) and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public". With the benefit of hindsight, I can tell you for certain that in the late-summer, fall, I was very concerned about what I was seeing. "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" he tweeted in January.

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