Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 19:11
While Trump and his underlings continue to play silly games with the question of whether the Russians hacked into computers to influence the election previous year, 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 White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russian Federation had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report's conclusions were made public. "Why didn't they stop them?"
A day earlier, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said he still has yet to know the president's thoughts on whether Russian Federation interfered in the election.
Comey testified two weeks ago before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his interactions with the president, saying Trump has expressed a "hope" that Comey would drop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Clinton has blamed the disclosure of the emails on a daily basis as one reason for her election loss to Trump, although Johnson said he had no idea about their importance in analyzing the outcome.
Time Magazine reported that a Russian cyber attack in more than 20 states is worse than initially thought. Trump has inconsistently said Russian Federation may or may not have been responsible for the hacking but has dismissed allegations that his associates colluded with Moscow as "fake news".
"I'm not going to argue with you, sir", Johnson answered.
"We did have a number of communications with, I believe, their point person in the Chicago office", Haas said.
Mr. Johnson added speculation to the ongoing scrutiny of fired FBI Director James B. Comey when he questioned the time delay between when the DNC and FBI first discussed Russian hacking - and when his department finally learned of the breach.
In a public hearing into election hacking held by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the DHS' acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles, claimed that the electoral systems of 21 as-yet-unnamed states were tested by hackers from the Russian government in October a year ago. 'In retrospect it would be easy for me to say I should have bought a sleeping bag and camped out in front of the DNC in late summer with the benefit of hindsight'.