Wasserman Schultz disputes homeland security claims about DNC hacking

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'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.

The former secretary said the party did not accept help from his agency.

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wrote in his testimony to a House panel on Wednesday that his department was not aware of the Russian hacking campaign against the DNC until after it was made public, and well after assistance from the agency would have been useful. And state officials must apply tougher cybersecurity safeguards to voting equipment and elections management.

Johnson said the DNC made a decision to use a private cyber security firm to help solve the problem. One last shot at me.

The president tweeted: "By the way, if Russian Federation was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin". The Russian President noted that Russia, at the state level, did not deal with hacker attacks, but tried to fight them. 'Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It's all a big Dem HOAX!'

In a statement, former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying she personally was never contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any government official about the breach, which would have allowed her to be briefed on the situation. It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!' Trump said during the Twitter rant.

In prepared testimony, he described the interactions the Obama administration had with secretaries of state and local election officials about the dangers that Russian hacking posed.

The conversation evolved into a discussion about Trump's claims that he lost the popular vote to Clinton because of election fraud.

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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said Wednesday that while she was chair of the Democratic National Committee, she was never contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the DNC hack.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to call Russian interference in the 2016 election a "big Dem hoax" and slammed the Democratic National Committee over how it dealt with the hacking of its email systems previous year.

The Trump spokeswoman was the one who introduced fraudulent voting into the conversation.

Johnson says he moved to designate USA elections as critical infrastructure on the same day as the release of a declassified US intelligence report that said Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered" an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.

Her response led the reporter she was sparring with to bring up the president's reason for creating the voter fraud commission in the first place - a belief that millions of people voted illegally.

He noted that give the decentralization of the system, the audits and testing by local election officials, the media attention and the scrutiny of anything that looks amiss, it would be very hard to do something without it being detected. I don't know why we have to continue debating this. They had a poor candidate. Now, the key question for the President and Congress is: "What are we going to do to protect the American people and their democracy from this kind of thing in the future?"

Putting a fine point on it she stated: 'There was only one victor and he was it'.

"I think he has made it clear and been consistent that while everyone agrees the result of the election wasn't influenced, he thinks that it probably was Russia", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday at an off-camera briefing with reporters.

"I think the primary goal (of the 2016 effort) in my mind was to sow discord, and to try to de-legitimize our free and fair election process", Priestap said.

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