Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

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Johnson, who served under former President Barack Obama from December 2013 to January 2017, told the House Intelligence Committee that Homeland Security reached out to the DNC "a number of times" after the agency was hacked a year ago.

Using congressional testimony from former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who served during the Obama administration, Trump argued there is no evidence that his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "Why didn't they stop them?", Trump asked.

"There's stuff coming out now that states were hacked in this election", said New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat who is a member of Trump's commission. "It's all a big Dem HOAX!", Trump said.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump questioned why the DNC did not turn their server over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after last year's hack, claiming that the party is engaging in a "HOAX!" and a "scam". "It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!"

President Trump in a tweet Thursday singled out former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's testimony before a House panel investigating Russian Federation as proof "no grand scheme" existed between him and Moscow.

But a member of the president's private legal team, Jay Sekulow, has said he believes Trump is not under investigation because the team has not received notice from Mueller.

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.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate panel, expressed frustration at Ms Manfra's refusal to identify which states had been targeted.

But Liles said the intelligence community concluded that a variety of factors "made it likely that cyber manipulation of the USA election system created to change the outcome of the U.S. election would be detected".

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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.

Jeannette Marfa, a top cybersecurity official at Homeland Security, said the secrecy was meant to preserve confidential relationships with state and local elections officials.

Yet Johnson is not involved in Mueller's expanding federal investigation into Russian interference and therefore would not have the knowledge or authority to exonerate Trump.

President Donald Trump questions why the Obama administration didn't try to stop Russian interference in the 2016 election.

What he said was that he was not aware of efforts by Mr Trump or his campaign to collude with Russian Federation beyond what the intelligence community already knows. One last shot at me.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy had earlier asked Johnson pointedly whether he knew of any evidence of possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Putin has rejected Russian government involvement in the USA cyberattacks.

After weeks of legal and political tumult created by President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last month, two congressional hearings Wednesday focused on the original crime - a broad cyberattack on US electoral systems by the Russian government in an effort to influence the outcome.

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