Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

Johnson said Russian hacking didn't change election totals, but he can't be sure other meddling didn't influence public opinion.

"We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign", he told the panel. "The DNC then provided DHS with detailed information about the intrusion", spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement.

The DNC issued a statement shortly after the president tweeted, saying it has complied with the FBI's requests and provided the bureau with all of the information needed to make their assessment.

Johnson said he was disappointed the DNC would not accept Homeland Security's help in finding its cyber-vulnerabilities.

Johnson also said he was not happy that he learned well after the fact that the DNC's computer systems had been hacked.

The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME.

She says this runs counter to assurances DHS gave state election officials in phone calls during August, September and October that no credible threat existed in the fall of 2016.

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While the Russian interference in the 2016 campaign has been known for months, it was the first time USA officials have said how many states' electoral systems were targeted. It wasn't until after the election, that Johnson formally made the designation.

"The intelligence community has no doubt that the Russians attacked the DNC in an effort to disrupt our election".

Johnson said he was not aware of any information beyond what's been reported publicly and what the US intelligence community has gathered.

"In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the goal of influencing our election - plain and simple".

On Wednesday, Johnson said it was "plain and simple" that Russia, at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, orchestrated cyberattacks in the United States in order to influence the election.

Democrats on the Senate panel, however, are frustrated by DHS Secretary John Kelly's unwillingness to disclose more detail about the states that were targeted or compromised past year.

The president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State says state election officials are only now learning about the scope of the Russian hacking during last year's election.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer raised eyebrows Tuesday after stating that he had not had a discussion with the President on whether or not he believes Russian Federation meddled in the election. Mark Warner was particularly displeased with the secrecy, which DHS said was necessary to preserve trust from its local partners. 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.

He said favoring certain candidates over another has been part of Moscow's playbook since the Cold War, but on targeting state election infrastructure, he said that was new in the US. The top Democrat on the committee wasn't convinced.

"How were the Russians that savvy to be able to track this person and how does this work in the future for an election system for a state?"

"We do believe our voting system is as secure as any you'll find", Dean said. "These realities risk making our election results more hard for the American people to trust". "As far as hacking, I think it was Russian Federation". But do you believe that Director Comey would have opened a counterintelligence investigation on a presidential campaign lightly or on mere hunch? States must audit election results by examining paper ballots to "provide high assurance" that the election results were correct.

JOHNSON: I would think about grants to state election officials to help them harden their cybersecurity. "Unfortunately in this setting, I can't go into all of them".

"Nothing has negatively happened, but also nothing positive has happened", Lawson said.

Liles was testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, and his remarks add some clarity to the breadth of the Kremlin's cyber mischief.

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