Donald Trump Blames Obama For Russian Election Hacks

But he told the US House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the election, that the notices did not get the attention he would have liked, blaming the emergence of a 2005 tape - in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women - for distracting the American public.

In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Johnson also said that the DNC, much to his "disappointment", did not cooperate in any way with DHS to respond to the hacks.

Johnson said in the late summer and into the fall, he was very concerned about the meddling in state election systems and that the department encouraged states to seek assistance from DHS.

"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing", Spicer said.

"Who has primary responsibility for federal election integrity?" And Trump continues to claim that it might not have been the Russians at all, it could have been anyone. "That's not the same thing as saying there was no impact on the outcome [of elections]".

"We are also here to talk about the future ... what more can be done to address these weaknesses?" he said.

ADAM SCHIFF: Why wasn't it more important to tell the American people the length and breadth of what the Russians were doing to interfere in an election than any risk that it might be seen as putting your hand on the scale? "We would want to let the public know".

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Johnson said the October 7 statement "did not get the attention it deserved" because it was morphed in media coverage later that day by the leak of Trump making crude comments about women on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape. And according to an ex-FBI cybersecurity official, Anthony Ferrante, in the months leading up to the election, the number of states that were targeted by Russian actors multiplied, with attacks likely being attempted against every state by November 2016.

"This was an ongoing effort to inform the public about everything we were in a position then to tell the public".

The Democratic National Committee issued a statement labeling the tweetstorm an attempt to "distract" from the Senate GOP's health care bill, which was released shortly after.

Manfra and other officials testifying on Wednesday said U.S. elections are resilient to hacking in part because they are decentralised and largely operated on the state and local level. That report said Russian intelligence services had "obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards".

"Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia", the president wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. Johnson's argument seemed to frustrate lawmakers from both parties. "The response I got was Federal Bureau of Investigation had spoken to them, they don't want our help, they have CrowdStrike", Johnson testified, referring to the cybersecurity firm that investigated the Russian hacks on behalf of the DNC.

The DNC also failed to provide access to its servers to FBI investigators - a fact the GOP seized on Wednesday morning.

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