Jeh Johnson testimony proves no collusion with Russian Federation

However, he said he was "not in a position to know whether the successful Russian government-directed hacks of the DNC and elsewhere did in fact alter public opinion and thereby alter the outcome of the presidential election".

Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of "Russia hacked the election" hysteria.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies to the House Intelligence Committee task force on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

Sanders pointed to comments Trump made at a January news conference, underscoring that he has not dismissed the idea that Russian Federation hacked the USA election, but he also believes "we also get hacked by other countries and other people".

Gowdy replied: "Most of the information now available was available in the fall of 2016".

He said favoring certain candidates over another has been part of Moscow's playbook since the Cold War, but on targeting state election infrastructure, he said that was new in the US.

"We do everything we can to protect that data", Dean said, before acknowledging that no system connected to the Internet is entirely hack-proof.

Of course, the investigation has taken new turns since Johnson left office.

"In 2016, the Russian government, at the direction of [President] Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the objective of influencing our election - plain and simple", Johnson said.

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. "Why was that course rejected?" asked Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

The Trump administration's response to 2016 hacking has, so far, been tepid, a direct contrast with the Obama administration.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee pressed Johnson as to why the Obama administration didn't move more quickly to expose Russian influence during the presidential campaign. "Why didn't they stop them?" the president tweeted, shortly following with "... "It's all a big Dem HOAX!", Trump said.

The DNC issued a statement shortly after the president tweeted, saying it has complied with the FBI's requests and provided the bureau with all of the information needed to make their assessment.

Johnson, who served in the post until January, says he became aware of the compromise "sometime in 2016". The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the start.

"The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia's interference in our election".

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's ranking Democrat, noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed intrusions into voter registration databases in Arizona and IL, and said Americans need to know the identities of the other 19 states where meddling was detected.

Senators held the hearing to discuss the extent of the Russian breach of US electoral systems and the federal government's efforts to prevent potential cyber threats to 2018 and 2020 elections, the report added. "The only person who disputes this is Donald Trump, who has shown zero interest in protecting our country from future attacks and is now trying to distract Americans from his devastating healthcare repeal". INVESTIGATION Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, met on Wednesday with senior Senate Judiciary Committee members to ensure there was no conflict between his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and the panel's probe of what led to Trump firing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

Coats and Rogers described the suggestion as odd and uncomfortable but said it was not an order.

- The Congressional Black Caucus was invited to the White House, but the group said it would not accept the invitation passing because Trump and his administration have, in its view, ignored the caucus and enacted policies that will hurt black communities.

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