Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

  • Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

Minutes later, Trump, tweeting about the DNC's server that was hacked and its contents turned over to Wikileaks, called Russia's intervention "all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!"

Asked why the Obama administration did not do more to warn the public, Johnson said: "We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign".

"Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election)". Some of the emails embarrassed or undermined her campaign.

President Trump was referring to Wednesday's congressional testimony by former homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson.

Officials repeated previous assurances that none of the digital intrusions affected the vote count on Election Day.

Manfra and other officials testifying on Wednesday said USA elections are resilient to hacking in part because they are decentralised and largely operated on the state and local level.

The intelligence showed that Russian Federation wanted to favor Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said Johnson, but the more important issue was that a "very powerful foreign actor" was trying to "put his thumb on the scale of our democracy".

While DHS has not released which states' voter registration systems had been targeted, Manfra confirmed that no vote tallies were altered.

In fact, Trump has gone so far as to try and remove the sanctions that President Obama put in place against Russian Federation in late December for such interference, and just this week he has allegedly tried to negotiate with House Republicans in order to water down a new harsher sanction bill against Russian Federation. Panelist Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division, said [PDF] that his agency has not made an assessment of how much the Russian activity had influenced the United States election result, as yet.

He said the Russians have conducted covert operations targeting past American elections but that the internet "has allowed Russia to do so much more" than before.

"Not beyond what has been out there, open-source, and not beyond anything that I'm sure this committee has already seen and heard before directly from the intelligence community", Johnson said.

Election hackers stole thousands of voter records that included private information previous year, Time reported Thursday. According to Johnson's testimony, the administration had known months before in mid-August about Russian efforts to target state electoral systems.

However, Johnson didn't say that in testimony Wednesday before the House intelligence committee; Johnson said was he wasn't aware of efforts by Trump or his campaign to collude with Russian Federation beyond what the intelligence community already knows. The top Democrat on the committee wasn't convinced.

The Thursday report said it wasn't clear whether Russian Federation was involved in the specific case where a voter's information was altered. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat. The agencies also concluded that the efforts were meant to help Trump get elected, at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's expense.

During the presidential campaign, Trump said he hoped Russian Federation would be able to uncover missing emails from Hillary Clinton.

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. It cited a leaked classified report by the National Security Agency.