Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will testify before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning concerning Russian attempts to hack into voter systems in the 2016 election.
Johnson was appointed to the Homeland Security post by former President Barack Obama in 2013, after a stint at the Department of Defense, and served at the DHS until 2017.
In a statement released by the House Committee Tuesday night, Johnson writes:
In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple. Now, the key question for the president and Congress is: What are we going to do to protect the American people and their democracy from this kind of thing in the future?
Johnson will also testify that to his knowledge, “the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results.”
News coverage of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election have focused primarily on Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and email accounts of Hillary Clinton campaign staffers.
That is, until an highly classified NSA report — leaked by intelligence contractor Reality Winner to The Intercept — detailed Russian intelligence attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems just days before the November 2016 election, raising new questions over the extent of interference from the Kremlin.
Johnson, who as DHS secretary in 2016 advised states on how to protect themselves from Russian hacking efforts, will face questioning from South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy.
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