Trump Questions Why Obama Administration Didn't Thwart Russian Election Meddling

Laura Christensen
June 27, 2017

He demurred on the final number of US states whose voting systems were scanned or probed by the Russian government, saying that he had not had access to intelligence since he left government.

He started off by stating that the former Homeland Security Adviser Jeh Johnson was the latest intelligence official to deny any connections between the Trump campaign & Russian Federation.

Spicer was asked whether Trump stands by the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation tampered with the 2016 election and said only that he hadn't "sat down and asked [Trump] about his specific reaction".

Trump also tweeted that a former Homeland Security adviser denied collusion with the Russians.

In another Thursday tweet, Trump wrote, "If Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin".

Jeannette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said the decentralized nature of US elections means that an attempt to penetrate state systems and change results would be "virtually impossible" to accomplish without being detected. "It's all a big Dem HOAX", he tweeted.

Samuel Liles, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division, said vote-tallying mechanisms were unaffected and that the hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities - which Liles likened to walking down the street and looking at homes to see who might be inside. He said he was frustrated DHS learned of the hack into the DNC late in the game and that the committee refused help because it was using a private cyber security firm. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City) and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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"And so we were concerned that, by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the - of the election process itself", Johnson said. He described Russia's attempts to influence the election as its "boldest to date" in the US. "So anything I'd have on that is derivative of what the intelligence community has - and the law enforcement community".

Last month, Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation probe. What they do believe with confidence is that Russian hackers were successful in stealing 90,000 private records from the election systems in IL. And according to an ex-FBI cybersecurity official, Anthony Ferrante, in the months leading up to the election, the number of states that were targeted by Russian actors multiplied, with attacks likely being attempted against every state by November 2016.

US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on March 26, 2015.

"I'm not going to argue with you", Johnson said.

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.

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