Ex-DHS Chief Says There’s No Evidence Russia Changed Votes In US Election

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee task force on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, as part of the Russia investigation. (AP P... Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee task force on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, as part of the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) MORE LESS
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June 21, 2017 10:42 am
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Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday said he is not aware of any evidence showing that Russian hackers were able to change vote tallies in the 2016 election.

“I know of no evidence that, through cyberintrusions, votes were altered or suppressed in some way,” Johnson said in an open session of the House Intelligence Committee.

In response to a later question, Johnson said he does not know how many state voter databases were targeted by cyberattacks ahead of the presidential election. He said a “growing list” of states saw “scanning and probing activities around voter registration databases.”

Johnson cited “open source reporting” that systems in 39 states came under attack, a number Bloomberg reported in June.

“I don’t know the final count because I haven’t had access to the intel for the last five months,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen, open source, I think 39 states and I’m not in a position to agree or disagree.”

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