Wasserman Schultz disputes homeland security claims about DNC hacking

"We did not have any attempts to access our system", said Bryan Dean, spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board.

President Trump in a tweet Thursday singled out former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's testimony before a House panel investigating Russian Federation as proof "no grand scheme" existed between him and Moscow.

"As of right now we have 21 states, election related systems in 21 states that were targeted", said Department Homeland Security official Jeanette Manfra.

The officials didn't say the hacking was as prevalent as Bloomberg suggested when it reported 39 states were targeted by Russian Federation. Noting that Russia's overall goal was to shake confidence in the United States' ability to have an election, Earnest said it would have been "irresponsible" for the administration to have taken more active public steps expressing worry about Russia's actions. He says to his current knowledge, there's no evidence any votes or results were tampered with. Johnson says he not aware of any information beyond what's been reported publicly and what the US intelligence community has gathered. And says her office is working closely with the DHS, FBI and state Election Integrity Task Force to monitor and enhance security practices.

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

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey had said then.

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.

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.

"Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia", the president wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

Last year, reports circulated that hackers had targeted the voter registration systems in the states of IL and Arizona. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russian Federation as a "big Dem HOAX" and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem.

He said he had not made and does not have the tapes about which he seemed to warn Comey last month.

Meanwhile - across the Capitol - senators pressed homeland security officials to give more information on the states the Russians hit.

Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee in May that he doesn't "know whether such collusion existed".

In early January, Johnson designated US election systems such as polling places and voter registration databases as critical infrastructure.

Every United States intelligence agency concluded months ago that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of Democratic organizations during the 2016 election.

  • Larry Hoffman