Trump Disputes Russian Interference In 2016 Election


Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

And Trump wonders why he's being investigated for possible collusion with Russian Federation. In a previous story about Parscale, CNN quoted Democratic Senator Mark Waner suggesting that the Russian fake news operation must have had help from someone with knowledge of the American political system. Dianne Feinstein of California, said it was an introductory meeting aimed at working to ensure the congressional investigations don't conflict with the one led by Mueller.

She estimated that Trump has "said several times now that he believes that Russian Federation was part of it" but said "some of those same members" of the intelligence community who have pointed the finger at Russian Federation "have said that they don't think it influenced the election".

"A sophisticated actor could hack an election simply by focusing on certain counties", King said.

US officials first found hacking aimed at state systems last August, he said. It could also require election officials to receive training on how to recognize hacking tactics like phishing.

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Lawson also told the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday that the government is not sharing classified details about the breach with state officials. 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. Johnson did not say that, and no investigation has been completed, so there's no reason he would have.

"[The FBI] had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016", Comey said.

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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!"

October 10, 2016: "But I notice, anytime anything wrong happens, they like to say the Russians are - she doesn't know if it's the Russians doing the hacking. That is a fact, plain and simple", Johnson testified in the House.

In similar testimony, acting director of the DHS cyber division Samuel Liles said DHS detected hacking activities last spring and summer and later received reports of cyber probing of election systems, but added that none of these systems were involved in vote tallying. When Hold said USA intelligence has said Russian Federation is responsible, Trump said: "I'll tell you this - if Russian Federation or anybody else is trying to interfere with our elections I think it's a disgusting thing and I want to get to the bottom of it and I want to make sure it will never ever happen". He said the "scale and aggressiveness" was different this time, with the primary goal being to sow discord and aid the candidacy of Republican Donald Trump, the eventual victor.

"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.

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.

"The DNC was contacted by [the Department of Homeland Security] months after the DNC worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to remedy the intrusion".

Johnson was homeland security chief for Obama from December 2013 to January 2017. That would mean election officials would get, on a priority basis, cybersecurity help.

DHS officials have so far refused to name the other 19 states where registration data was probed, much to the dismay of Sen. They considered running elections "a sovereign and exclusive responsibility of the states" and viewed his proposal as a federal takeover.