America woke up on Thursday morning to an angry President Trump. The American leader made it very clear that he did not believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. If Moscow had, the Obama administration would have stopped it, Trump tweeted.
“By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn’t they stop them?” he said on Twitter.
Trump is facing a special counsel investigation into whether any of his associates colluded with the Russians but the president has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt”.
The congressional testimony from former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday backed up Trump’s case.
“Former Homeland Security Advisor [sic] Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia,” he also tweeted.
Johnson has testified under oath. “To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results,” Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee. “I know of no evidence that through cyber intrusion, votes were altered or suppressed in some way.”
Trump’s comments are the latest indication he does not accept the accusations that Russia tried to interfere by hacking political groups and spreading fake news.
He later asked why the Democratic National Committee had turned down an offer from the Homeland Security Department “to protect against hacks” before the election, saying it was part of a “big Dem HOAX”.
“Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t?” he added. “It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!”
The Democratic National Committee had indeed turned down Homeland Security’s offer to protect its network despite being warned about hacks, Johnson told the hearing.
“Sometime in 2016, I became aware of a hack into systems of the Democratic National Committee,” he continued. “…I pressed my staff to know whether DHS was sufficiently proactive, and on the scene helping the DNC identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities.”
“The answer, to the best of my recollection, was not reassuring: the FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.”
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