While Trump and his underlings continue to play silly games with the question of whether the Russians hacked into computers to influence the election previous year, they might want to tell the Department of Homeland Security, where one official just admitted that they hit nearly two dozen state election computer systems.
Jeanette Manfra, homeland security undersecretary for cybersecurity, said there is evidence that 21 state election systems were targeted, but she told the Senate Intelligence Committee she couldn't disclose the identities of the states because that was up to the states.
Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.
The testimony came during a morning of double-barreled intelligence committee hearings - one in the House and one in the Senate - that underscored the USA intelligence community's months-old determination that Russian Federation attempted to meddle in the election. "Why didn't they stop them?"
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. "It's all a big Dem HOAX!" he wrote. "It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!"
Video shared on Twitter - reportedly taken at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey - shows the president breaking one of those unwritten rules and driving a golf cart on the greens of one the course's holes.
Russia's election interference might've been worse than we knew.
He said he had not made and does not have the tapes about which he seemed to warn Comey last month.
The letter said Trump's proposed 2018 budget "would not only devastate the communities we represent, but also numerous communities that supported your candidacy". Its Senate counterpart raises the same issues with current Federal Bureau of Investigation, homeland security and state election officials.
In morning tweets, Trump opined on the Russian Federation probe and sought to assert his innocence, even as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III expands the investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to look at possible obstruction of justice by the president.
US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on March 26, 2015. He said he was frustrated DHS learned of the hack into the DNC late in the game and said the committee refused help because it was using a private cyber security firm.
But Congressional investigators also found that in IL, 90,000 voter records were stolen by Russian hackers - 90 percent of them included driver's license numbers, with a quarter containing the last four digits of voters' social security numbers.
"The intelligence community has no doubt that the Russians attacked the DNC in an effort to disrupt our election", she continued.
"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specifically", he said, unable to answer yet another question from the White House podium. He said he wasn't aware of efforts by Trump or his campaign to collude with Russian Federation beyond what the intelligence community already knows.