Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

Jun 23, 2017, 03:57
Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

"By the way, if Russian Federation was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin".

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. "Does he believe that members of the intelligence community are colluding with the Democrats or did collude with the Democrats?".

They say "both parties have committed to keeping an open dialogue". DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson, released a statement responding to Trump's tweet, stating that the DNC will cooperate fully in helping the ongoing investigation on the Russian interference of the 2016 Presidential Election, The Washington Post reports. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat. Samuel Liles of the Department of Homeland Security told senators that his agency determined in September that election networks in 21 states had been the targets of Russian cyberattacks.

So far there's no evidence that Russian cyberattacks altered US vote totals in any way.

Johnson also said Russian hacking didn't change election totals, but added that he can't be sure other meddling didn't influence public opinion.

Priestap added that Russian Federation has been conducting campaigns regarding United States elections "for years" but that the Kremlin has now stepped up its game.

Priestap said the hackers stole data from some states "to understand what it consisted of" and to plan future attacks.

The experts - which come from various industries, from business and academia to technology non-profits - signed a letter addressed to Congress on Wednesday suggesting how three major objectives need to take place to protect the integrity of the system and restore voter confidence.

The investigation has shadowed Mr Trump from the outset, though he has denied any ties to Russian Federation or knowledge of any campaign co-ordination with Moscow.

Johnson said the U.S.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy had earlier asked Johnson pointedly whether he knew of any evidence of possible collusion by the Trump campaign. "Each time Secretary Johnson was directly asked about specific, credible threats and each time he confirmed that none existed", Lawson said.

June 15, 2016: Trump campaign says DNC hacked itself.

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Officials say Oklahoma election systems weren't targeted by the Russian government past year despite evidence saying at least 20 other states were targeted. "That is a fact, plain and simple", Johnson testified in the House.

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"We did not have any attempts to access our system", said Bryan Dean, spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board. State election officials have been at pains to reassure voters that election registration databases are not linked to vote counting, and that US voting machines are not connected to the internet.

Russian government-linked hackers potentially targeted as many as 21 states' election systems a year ago, a Homeland Security official warned Congress on Wednesday.

"The DNC has been in regular contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for many months, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed the DNC has provided all the information it needed to make its assessment", Watson said in a statement. "I can imagine that some do it deliberately, staging a chain of attacks in such a way as to cast Russia as the origin of such an attack", the Russian leader said last month. Trump's Homeland Security secretary, John Kelly, announced shortly thereafter that his department would keep the "critical" label.

JOHNSON: I would think about grants to state election officials to help them harden their cybersecurity.

Many hackers, including state-sponsored ones, use automated programs to target hundreds or even thousands of computers to check for vulnerabilities. They considered running elections "a sovereign and exclusive responsibility of the states" and viewed his proposal as a federal takeover.

In a third tweet Thursday, Trump sought to use Johnson's testimony as proof of his vindication in the Russian Federation investigation.

The tweet from the president comes a day after former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before a Congressional committee.

Ms Manfra declined to disclose which states were targeted and how successful the attempts at hacking were, other than to affirm that the result of the election was not in question.

FESSLER: Those doors apparently involved voter registration databases in two states, Arizona and IL.

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