The Latest: Former Homeland boss outlines Russia threat – Washington Post
U.S. officials have outlined the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, describing efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation.
Officials also revealed what appeared to be a breakdown in communications about how severe the threat appeared, and they reported tensions the Obama administration faced in trying to publicly warn of meddling in the face of a skeptical Donald Trump.
Jeh Johnson, the former head of the Homeland Security Department, told members of the House intelligence committee that because Trump “was predicting that the election was going to be rigged,” the Obama administration was concerned that a public warning could end up challenging the election’s integrity.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they’ve had a productive meeting with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
A group of lawmakers, including the committee’s chairman and top Democrat, met with Mueller on Wednesday to ensure that their separate investigations would not interfere with each other.
They say “both parties have committed to keeping an open dialogue.”
Separately, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe told the House Appropriations Committee he is confident that Mueller is receiving the resources he needs for the investigation.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his meeting with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a secure room in the Capitol.
Mueller was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Mueller met for about an hour with the top four Republicans and Democrats on the committee.