Trump Isn't Sure If Russian Hacking Happened, But Is Still Blaming Obama

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But that's not what Johnson said.

Last month, Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation probe.

In another remark, Trump noted that Jeh Johnson, Obama's Homeland Security chief, "is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia".

"During my time as secretary of Homeland Security, I testified 26 times".

Officials also revealed what appeared to be a breakdown in communications about how severe the threat appeared, and they reported tensions the Obama administration faced in trying to publicly warn of meddling in the face of a skeptical then-candidate Donald Trump.

"For election cybersecurity, our department - in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others - is leading the partnerships with the states and locals", said Manfra with Homeland Security.

Johnson said he was "not in a position to agree or disagree with that" because he didn't "have access anymore to intelligence over the last five months".

Former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel of the Obama administration believed that Russian hackers had infiltrated far more states than his team was able to detect.

"I began discussions with my staff on what should we be doing", Johnson said.

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Former FBI Director James Comey testified that he did not "remember any conversations with the president about the Russian Federation election interference".

But Mr Johnson did not say that in evidence on Wednesday before the House intelligence committee.

The FBI and several congressional committees are running multipronged investigations of possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and potential obstruction of justice by Trump.

Congress and a special counsel are currently investigating whether Russian forces meddled in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion involving now-President Donald Trump's campaign.

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.

The Russian scheme, which US intelligence agencies concluded was wide-spread and intense, was meant to distort information in order to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and, therefore, help her challenger, now-President Donald Trump.

Johnson's testimony on Russian intrusion is consistent with the assessment of several US intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency.

The state's optical scan system lets Oklahoma quickly count ballots but also verify them through the state's paper ballots if needed, said Sen.

Johnson said in the late summer and into the fall, he was very concerned about the meddling in state election systems and that the department encouraged states to seek assistance from DHS. They complained that Johnson's department failed to respond to questions and concerns they had about the designation before the change was made.