Hackers Reported to Have Altered 2016 Presidential Campaign Voter Information

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson defended the Obama administration’s decision to delay publicly commenting on Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election on Wednesday.Former Secretary Jeh Johnson denied that there was any “delay” in informing the American people of Russian meddling when he and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper on October 7 said the theft and release of the Democratic National Committee emails were part of a widespread campaign “intended to interfere with the US election process”.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”. “Why didn’t they stop them?” the president tweeted, shortly following with “…The report comes just one day after Homeland Security officials confirmed to the Senate intelligence committee that Russian hackers oversaw a widespread election hacking campaign. “It’s all a big Dem HOAX!”.’Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and still hasn’t?”The big issue, and let’s not lose sight of it, the big issue is the cyber intrusions on our democracy a year ago and how to prevent that from happening in the future for the sake of our democracy”, Johnson added.If Trump wants someone to blame for the USA government not doing enough to stop Russia’s interference, which Trump apparently does not even believe happened, he should take a long hard look at his own party.Democrats have argued that Russia’s hack of the DNC and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta’s emails and their subsequent release on WikiLeaks contributed to Clinton’s loss and that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to win the election.The testimony came during a morning of double-barreled intelligence committee hearings – one in the House and one in the Senate – that underscored the US intelligence community’s months-old determination that Russian Federation attempted to meddle in the election.President Trump fired off several morning tweets Thursday about the Russian Federation probe. Johnson did not say that, and no investigation has been completed, so there’s no reason he would have.The Trump administration’s response to 2016 hacking has, so far, been tepid, a direct contrast with the Obama administration.”In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the objective of influencing our election – plain and simple”, said Johnson, who warned that cyberattacks would get worse before they get better. One last shot at me.Spicer claimed he hadn’t had an opportunity to talk to the president about it – a shocking admission, given that the intelligence community started investigating such attempts before Trump was even in office.’I believe the reference to the hoax is about the fact that they’re trying to delegitimize his win in the election process, and less about the hack itself, ‘ she said.”And I think that’s what a lot of this process is about”.”We needed to bring the horses to water-to seek our cyber-security help”, Johnson said.”The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia’s interference in our election”, DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement responding to Trump’s tweet.