WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump thinks the hacking that occurred during the 2016 election "probably was Russian Federation", a White House spokeswoman said Thursday, days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he didn't know if Trump believed the hacking was carried out by Russian Federation.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. pressed Johnson on why the administration waited to publicly comment on the Russian efforts if the interference first took place during the summer of 2016. "Why didn't they stop them?", Trump asked.
Johnson also testified on Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee "did not feel it needed" help from the Department of Homeland Security in identifying the hackers who stole thousands of committee emails. "It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!" "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"
Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr asked if any evidence votes were changed by these Russian cyber efforts, all three witnesses - Liles, Manfra, and FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap - all said "no sir".
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Manfra said that all "system owners" in those states had been contacted about the incidents, but that may not invlude state election officials. But he said former FBI Director James Comey would not have undertaken such a probe lightly and without a basis for doing so. Last September, the Homeland Security Department said hackers believed to be Russian agents had targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.
Ms Manfra and other officials testifying on Wednesday reiterated that U.S. elections are resilient to hacking in part because they are decentralised and largely operated on the state and local level.
In an interview with CBS' John Dickerson in April, Trump initially said he didn't know if Russian Federation was behind the hacking, pointing to the DNC not turning the server over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said he had repeatedly warned previous year about the vulnerability of voter registration databases to hacks.
Priestap remained silent. "I don't blame you for not answering that question", Heinrich said.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin asked if there has been any result of United States sanctions on Russian activity in regards to cyberatttacks.
Johnson was asked by Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy whether he had seen evidence of collusion or coordination between Trump and associates and Russian Federation while he was still in office.
JOHNSON: I think the larger issue is it did not get the public attention that it should have frankly because the same day, the press was focused on the release of the "Access Hollywood" video.