Trump on Jeh Johnson testimony

But Congressional investigators also found that in IL, 90,000 voter records were stolen by Russian hackers - 90 percent of them included driver's license numbers, with a quarter containing the last four digits of voters' social security numbers. Dianne Feinstein of California, said it was an introductory meeting aimed at working to ensure the congressional investigations don't conflict with the one led by Mueller.

Sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation did in fact meddle in the election, through cyberattacks and other activities, with the explicit aim of influencing the outcome.

In an interview with CBS' John Dickerson in April, Trump initially said he didn't know if Russian Federation was behind the hacking, pointing to the DNC not turning the server over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Those who expressed negative views stated that running elections in this country was the sovereign and exclusive responsibility of the states, and they did not want federal intrusion, a federal takeover, or federal regulation of that process".

Former FBI Director James Comey testified that he did not "remember any conversations with the president about the Russian Federation election interference".

"To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results", Johnson said.

Johnson described his discussions with state election officials about ensuring the integrity of the voting process.

JOHNSON: I've read in the "The New York Times" about those efforts, sometime earlier this year.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election "all a big Dem HOAX" and accused former president Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough previous year to "stop" Russian interference.

On June 21, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. What they do believe with confidence is that Russian hackers were successful in stealing 90,000 private records from the election systems in IL.

Warner on Tuesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asking the agency to disclose more information about hacking attempts on state and local election systems.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that he had not requested any briefings on Russia's interference, saying, "I only know what I read in the papers". Johnson revealed that the DNC had declined an offer by the Department of Homeland Security to help them after their email servers had been hacked.

But Johnson says secretaries of state and other chief election officials spurned his offer.

"In 2016, the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the goal of influencing our election - plain and simple", Johnson said, warning that the cyberattacks against US elections would worsen in the years ahead.

Josh Earnest, Obama's former White House press secretary, responded to Trump's tweet in an appearance on MSNBC.

FESSLER: Those doors apparently involved voter registration databases in two states, Arizona and IL.

But election organization officials criticized the decision as an overreach that could make elections less transparent.

  • Zachary Reyes