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Donald Trump Challenges DNC on Servers: 'It's All a Big Dem HOAX!'

Donald Trump Challenges DNC on Servers: 'It's All a Big Dem HOAX!'

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

Johnson, whose testimony Trump cited, told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that the DNC said past year it did not need the Department of Homeland Security's help after the hacks.

In the statement, DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson also rejected Trump's suggestion that they were not cooperating with law enforcement in the Russian Federation investigation. "Most of the intelligence products that are relied upon to form certain assessments, that underlying data was available in 2016, some of it before the election". The intrusion, Johnson said, was "a fact, plain and simple".

Of course, the investigation has taken new turns since Johnson left office.

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He also said he wasn't aware that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

President Trump fired off several morning tweets Thursday about the Russian Federation probe. Johnson declined to answer, saying he no longer had access to the necessary intelligence. He said he wasn't aware of efforts by Trump or his campaign to collude with Russian Federation beyond what the intelligence community already knows.

Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Russian hackers "hit" systems in 39 states, and the Intercept, citing a classified intelligence document, reported that Russian military intelligence "executed a cyberattack on at least one US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November's presidential election". "Why didn't they stop them?", Trump asked. "It's all a big Dem HOAX!".

"I want to assure you and all Americans that election officials across the United States are taking cybersecurity very seriously", said Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

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Johnson was pressed during Wednesday's hearing about why more was not done to combat Russia's meddling efforts. The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the start. One last shot at me.

"[Russia] is a career offender with a history of cyberattacks against our country", said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) "We weren't surprised Russian Federation was doing this to us, they always do it to us so what more could we have done before the election?"

In January, senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said that the DNC "rebuffed" investigators' request to obtain access to DNC servers.

The DNC was hacked during the 2016 presidential election and thousands of emails were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. "Now, the key question for the President and Congress is: what are we going to do to protect the American people and their democracy from this kind of thing in the future?"

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But he needs to perceive India's value palpably, as his predecessors had, if the relationship is to bear its fullest fruit. Modi can inspire this realisation by seeking to build the closest personal relationship possible with Trump.

Coats and Rogers described the suggestion as odd and uncomfortable but said it was not an order.


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