Grimes: No Evidence of Cyberattacks Against Kentucky's Election Systems
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 20:15
He said he had not made and does not have the tapes about which he seemed to warn Comey last month.
During testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said federal authorities, including those from his Department, offered to help the DNC combat Russian hackers but were rejected. "In addition to the threat to the vote we were also very concerned about the public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system", Ferrante said.
The president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State says state election officials are only now learning about the scope of the Russian hacking during last year's election.
"You know, anybody with a keyboard now and access to the Internet can say virtually anything they want about any public official in this room and you have little or no recourse", he told the lawmakers.
Voter information that was stolen through the election system hacks was likely taken in order to allow the Russians to better understand what kind of data was available, and potentially they could plan accordingly as they set their sights on future elections, Mr. Priestap said, adding there were likely other reasons but he could not discuss them in an open setting.
Johnson's testimony on Russian intrusion is consistent with the assessment of several USA intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency. Joe Manchin asked Priestap what the United States could do to fight back, and Priestap noted that the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russian Federation for the election hacking.
U.S. President Donald Trump is questioning why his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and his administration didn't block Russian Federation from meddling in last year's presidential election.
Last year, reports circulated that hackers had targeted the voter registration systems in the states of IL and Arizona. Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff told NPR, "I think the administration should have spoken out much earlier, much more forcefully".
"This was an ongoing effort to inform the public about everything we were in a position then to tell the public", said Johnson.
"Russia's activities included efforts to discredit Secretary Clinton and to publicly contrast her unfavorably with President Trump".
Oklahoma election officials said the state's voting systems weren't targeted by the Russian government past year despite evidence showing more than 20 other states were targeted.
Johnson explained that the Homeland Security Department had actually helped other departments with suspected hacks, and had been able to stem the damage - but the DNC just wasn't interested.
Federal officials haven't listed the states affected, but said election officers in those states have been notified.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate panel, expressed frustration at Manfra's refusal to identify which states had been targeted.