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 USA voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November's presidential election".
Johnson announced the shift on the same day as the release of a declassified USA intelligence report that said Putin "ordered" an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.
Johnson was the "latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia", Trump tweeted.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a congressional panel yesterday that there was a delay between the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation first made contact with the Democratic National Committee about Russian Federation hacking its servers and the time he was notified at the Department of Homeland Security.
Asked why the Obama administration did not do more to warn the public, Johnson said: "We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign".
Trump's tweets came shortly after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) suggested on "Fox and Friends" that the Trump administration should blame Russian interference on the Obama administration.
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. "Why didn't they stop them?"
In a Senate hearing this week, a senior official from the Department of Homeland Security said that 21 states had their voter databases breached by hackers during the 2016 election.
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President Trump was referring to Wednesday's congressional testimony by former homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson.
Senators held the hearing to discuss the extent of the Russian breach of USA electoral systems and the federal government's efforts to prevent potential cyber threats to 2018 and 2020 elections, the report added. Sources have also said that an ongoing investigation is looking into whether any of this data made its way back to the Trump campaign.
Foreign powers attempting to influence USA elections is not new.
"In retrospect, it would have been easy for me to say I should have brought a sleeping bag and camped out in front of the DNC in the late summer", Johnson testified.
Priestap added that Russian Federation has been conducting campaigns regarding USA elections "for years" but that the Kremlin has now stepped up its game.
So far, no secretaries of state have been cleared to receive classified details of the Russian operation, said Connie Lawson, secretary of state in IN and president-elect of the National Assn. of Secretaries of State. INVESTIGATION 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.
Meanwhile, Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate if any laws were broken relating to the hacking attacks last fall.