Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump asks why Obama admin didn't stop Russian Federation from meddling

Trump asks why Obama admin didn't stop Russian Federation from meddling

Trump then followed up the Johnson tweet by asking why the Obama administration didn't "stop" Russia's hacking.

"Both publicly and privately, my staff and I repeatedly encouraged state and local election officials to seek our cybersecurity assistance", Johnson said.

At a forum hosted by the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, Johnson responded to Trump's tweets but did not say whether he felt the president had twisted his words, adding that he would "leave that to the journalists".

One state official also criticized the federal government for not sharing enough information about the hacking.

Johnson testified his agency was rebuffed by Democratic officials when they offered to help thwart the Russian intrusion into their computer files.

"We had to assume that they actually tried to at least rattle the doorknobs on all 50, and we just happened to find them in a few of them", Daniel said.

"And I think that's what a lot of this process is about".

All 17 intelligence agencies have agreed Russian Federation was behind the hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Mr Trump.

Jeanette Manfra, the department " s acting deputy undersecretary of cyber security, would not identify which states had been targeted, citing confidentiality agreements.

Last September, the DHS told The Associated Press that hackers believed to be Russian agents had targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.

Officials in Arizona and IL previously had confirmed that hackers targeted their voter registration system, although news reports had suggested the Russian effort was much broader.

Testifying before the Congressional committee, an official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed the number of states targeted by hackers seeking to affect the electoral results.

Top Democrat on the panel Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat. More than 30 states accepted help, but there was resistance at the state level to a designation that would have funneled needed federal resources their way.

With #Obamacare Americans are stuck with higher costs, more taxes, and fewer choices. He provided no evidence to back up his claims, but critics feared that his rhetoric could undermine public faith in the outcome of the election.

"I'm not going to argue with you, sir", Johnson answered. She reiterated that there was no evidence that any actual votes were manipulated. He described proof of concept examples - instances carried out in academic settings that have not been conducted during real elections. "These capabilities are certainly within reach for America's enemies".

"The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia's interference in our election". This time, he said, the scale and sophistication were different.

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".

Priestap said the Russians engaged in a combination of pushing out fake news, using social media to boost its narrative and hacking into emails and selectively releasing damaging information.

The new report comes in the immediate wake of Congressional hearings on the vulnerability of USA election systems.

Manchin asked if there has been any result of USA sanctions on Russian activity in this realm.

The House hearing quickly focused in on an examination of the Democratic Party's failings during the election.

As homeland security secretary, Johnson lacked access to much of the intelligence being gathered.

"Hindsight is 20/20", Johnson said at one point in the hearing.

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