Jeh Johnson: DNC declined DHS help on Russian Federation hack

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said Russia's interference in the 2016 election is a "hoax" and a "scam" pushed by the Democrats.

Hackers with ties to the Russian government successfully altered voter information stole thousands of voter records containing private information during attempts to meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election, Time reported.

Trump also asked why the Obama administration "didn't stop" Russian Federation if it found the nation to be meddling in the 2016 election. "Why didn't they stop them?" the president tweeted, shortly following with "...

"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", Jeh Johnson, the former head of the Homeland Security Department, told members of the House intelligence committee.

Department officials had said about 20 states had been probed by hackers working on behalf of the Russian government, but recent news media reports had suggested the number could have been far higher.

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Johnson's designation of US election systems as critical infrastructure was aimed at providing more federal cybersecurity assistance to state and local governments.

On the House side, the intelligence committee heard from former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Trump on Thursday appeared to dismiss the DNC hack as "all a big Dem HOAX!" in a tweet posted early in the morning.

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He said he became aware of the compromise "sometime in 2016", and that, when he pressed his staff on whether the DHS had been sufficiently proactive to help identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities, the answer wasn't reassuring.

"The Internet has allowed Russian Federation to do so much more today than they've ever been able to do in the past", Priestap said.

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Johnson was homeland security chief for Obama from December 2013 to January 2017.

"Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and still hasn't?"

Trump has called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" on multiple occasions, but Robert Mueller continues to lead an investigation into whether or not Trump's campaign interfered with the election.

Intelligence officials have confirmed a total of 21 states have been affected by suspicious activity aimed at the election databases by Russian operatives.

Jeannette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said the decentralized nature of USA elections means that an attempt to penetrate state systems and change results would be "virtually impossible" to accomplish without being detected. Trump has rubbished these claims, but the investigation is still ongoing.

"My view is that we needed to do it, and we needed to do it well before the election to inform American voters of what we saw", Johnson said.

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