With an open investigation into possible election tampering from Russia, it seems an odd twist in the emerging drama to see someone from the Obama White House showing up unannounced to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
According to a report about the odd behavior of Jeh Johnson:
“Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met Monday with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Johnson arrived on Capitol Hill to meet with the committee this afternoon and spent approximately 90 minutes talking with investigators, a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
The former secretary of Homeland Security, who served under President Barack Obama, told reporters he was there to “voluntarily assist the Senate Intel Committee in their work on a very important investigation.”
The House Intelligence Committee is also expected to call on Johnson to testify on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
Many on social media are not buying that this was merely a step to help any investigation, but also either a chance to manipulate the evidence or cover up something even bigger. There were also many questions as to why it seems Johnson was willing to answer some questions but other issues were left ignored.
Obama's DHS Sec Johnson shows up on Capitol Hill to "voluntarily assist Senate Intel Committee"….That's troubling. https://t.co/9TlHDjA79w
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 12, 2017
Johnson was quick to assist in an investigation that appears to be almost a witch hunt but was slow to address claims related to the hacks that occurred with voting in Georgia during the election. The Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked several times for DHS to talk on the record about hacks into their system. According to a news report about the troubles with the Georgia voting system:
“The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses.
In an exclusive interview, a visibly frustrated Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed the attacks of different levels on his agency’s network over the last 10 months. He says they all traced back to DHS internet provider addresses.
“We’re being told something that they think they have it figured out, yet nobody’s really showed us how this happened,” Kemp said. “We need to know.”
With cyber-attacks of the voting system in Georgia being traced back to DHS under Obama, it seems that Johnson has bigger issues. Kemp has been asking since December of 2016 for answers.
The involvement of DHS in Georgia was first exposed when Kemp brought in an outside cyber-security expert to address the fall-out from a massive cyber attack in mid-November. The attack triggered an internal investigation, and the digital footprint of the attacks lead back to DHS. This was discovered during a vulnerability scan to investigate what had occurred during the breach.
There are so many outstanding questions about the security issues raised by Kemp, it doesn’t seem logical for those to be ignored. Johnson is selectively agreeing to cooperate on other problems. It is also troubling that much of the investigation of the DNC server hacks has been anything but transparent.
Many in Georgia are still very much afraid of the hacking issue as they go into another set of elections. This time, Democrats have a great deal to gain if there is a hacking problem. According to a recent report:
“Early voting in the runoff for Georgia’s Sixth District congressional seat kicked off May 30; election day itself comes on June 20. The race has garnered national attention as one in which Democrats could pick up a long-held Republican seat. It has also generated scrutiny, though, for taking place in a state with some of the most lax protections against electoral fraud, at a time when Russia has meddled freely in campaigns in the US and abroad.
But Georgia’s voting issues aren’t rooted in any specific hacking threat. The problem instead lies in the state’s inability to prove if fraud or tampering happened in the first place. By not deploying a simple paper backup system, Georgia opens itself up to one of the most damaging electoral outcomes of all: uncertainty.
“You have an un-provable system,” says Pamela Smith, president of Verified Voting, a group that promotes best practices at the polls. “It might be right, it might not be right, and that absence of authoritative confirmation is the biggest problem. It’s corrosive.”
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