Earlier today, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified on Russian meddling in the election, and at one point he talked about how the DNC “did not feel it needed” the assistance of the Department on that breach.
CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with Congresswoman Jackie Speier this afternoon and asked, “Are you surprised by that?”
Speier disputed that and pointed to the response offered by former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today.
Politico obtained this statement from the ex-DNC head in response to Johnson’s statements:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who chaired the DNC until July of last year, said no government agency contacted her about the Russian hack into the organization’s network.
“It is astounding to me that the Chair of an organization like the DNC was never contacted by the FBI or any other agency concerned about these intrusions,” she said in a statement. “As a member of Congress, I had the unique clearance to hear any classified briefing that would be involved in such an intrusion, and the FBI clearly should have come to me with that information. They did not.”
She added that if the FBI or any other agency had contacted her, she “would have gladly welcomed their help.”
Speier told Tapper that “there was a lower-level staffer who was contacted, and that was the extent of it.”
Tapper followed up by saying that not reaching out to the DNC chair personally “doesn’t mean they didn’t reach out to the DNC, though.” Speier said they shouldn’t have gone to a “lower-level person.”
Tapper responded, “It sounds like incompetence at the DNC.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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