Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday told the House Intelligence Committee that the Democratic National Committee rejected his agency’s help following last year’s Russian election hack.
Johnson told the House panel that he was disappointed that the DNC did not cooperate in any way with Homeland Security to respond to the intrusions.
The former DHS secretary said: “The FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion… and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.”
He told lawmakers that he first became aware of the DNC systems breach sometime last year, several months after the FBI knew about it.
“The response I got was FBI had spoken to them, they don’t want our help, they have CrowdStrike,” Johnson said, referring to the cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the Russian hacks.
“And that was the answer I got after I asked the question a number of times over the progression of time.”
Johnson’s testimony is part of the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian intervention in last year’s presidential election, which focuses on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The Daily Caller reports:
In his testimony, Johnson said that he “was not very happy” to have learned about the DNC hack several months after the FBI. He also said that he did not know who at DNC made the decision to rebuff DHS’s offer to help.
“Why would the victim of a crime not turn over a server?” South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked Johnson at one point in the hearing.
“I’m not going to argue with you, sir,” Johnson replied.