Russians 'Successfully Penetrated' Some States' Voter Systems, Says Top US Official

Violet Powell
February 9, 2018

"We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated", she said.

The Russians were probing the voter rolls for a variety of reasons.

Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary at the time, told NBC that states and the federal government should "do something about it", though he lamented numerous targeted states haven't taken action since the election.

And while Manfra clarified that no voter registration rolls were altered by the intruders, that's pretty far from reassuring, particularly given that we about to have another one of these elections in nine months-and that some states apparently haven't done much since to solve the problem (s). Critical infrastructure are things like power grids that the federal government is given a duty to protect in the national interest.

"There's no doubt that some bad actors have been poking around", then-FBI Director James Comey said in September of 2016.

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On Tuesday, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson said in an interview with Fox News that Russian Federation appeared to have already attempted interfering in the upcoming 2018 midterm congressional election.

Manfra disagreed with Johnson's statement and said that all states have taken the threat of hacking seriously. In an interview on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russian Federation is already trying to interfere in the upcoming congressional elections.

"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system because democracy is only as good as the people trust in results", Bush said, according to The Independent.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, meanwhile, is looking into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians. Until the truth is known about the Trump/Russia relationship, and Russia's role in the 2016 election, Trump will occupy the White House under a cloud of illegitimacy.

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