Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was on-deck at Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearings, part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference with the presidential election.
As reported by POLITICO, Johnson said in his testimony that the Democratic National Committee didn’t think it was necessary to involve the Department of Homeland Security following the election hack. The information from the DNC hack, published by Wikileaks, is considered part of a strategy to hurt the Hillary Clinton campaign.
U.S. officials believe that possible intermediaries from Russia obtained and leaked the information to help elect President Trump. Johnson also said in his testimony that despite his attempt to bring light to Russia’s cyber intrusion, political obstacles prevented him from taking action.
Guest host Libby Denkmann speaks today to POLITICO’S Austin Wright, who was at the hearing.
Austin Wright, congressional reporter for POLITICO based on Capitol Hill; he was at the House Intelligence Committee hearing