South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy interrogated former DHS Director Jeh Johnson on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon over alleged hacking into the DNC’s servers by the Russians, and Johnson was left stuttering by the time Gowdy was done.
Johnson served under the Obama administration, and Gowdy was forceful in demanding why it was that the DNC refused to hand over their servers if they were the victims of an alleged crime. One would think that given the gravity of the situation, Democrats would be more than willing to cooperate, but they weren’t.
In fact, the DNC actually had a third party, whom they hired, look into their server then give their findings to law enforcement, which didn’t exactly seem on the up and up. According to the Washington Examiner, the tech firm Crowdstrike examined the DNC servers then reported to the FBI, which was the only federal agency to investigate them whatsoever before the Great Russian Ruse was started.
“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers,” said Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director, according to the report.
Instead, Director James Comey’s agency has relied on third-party tech security company Crowdstrike to confirm the DNC’s servers were hacked, a U.S. official said.
“Beginning at the time the intrusion was discovered by the DNC, the DNC cooperated fully with the FBI and its investigation, providing access to all of the information uncovered by CrowdStrike – without any limits,” said Walker.
It’s because of this Gowdy grilled Johnson, who should have been all over the alleged intrusion by the Russians, given that he was the head of HOMELAND SECURITY. However, Johnson, a political hack appointed by the former White House resident to be a political hack, was short on words but full of smiles as he stuttered trying to come up with a coherent response.
Check it out:
Rep. Gowdy, on the DNC: “Why would the victim of a crime turn over a server?”
Johnson: “I’m not going to argue with you, sir.” pic.twitter.com/zph4BChKjR
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 21, 2017
“If they had turned the server over to either you or Director Comey, maybe we would have known more and maybe there would have been more for you to report,” Gowdy said. “So I guess what I’m asking you is, why would the victim of a crime not turn over a server to the Intelligence community or to law enforcement?”
“Uh, I’m not going to argue with you, sir,” Johnson struggled to spit out. “Uh, that was a leading question and I’ll agree to be led.”
Keep in mind the entire Russian hacking narrative originated from Crowdstrike, who was paid over $260,000 for their services by the DNC and operated independently of the feds. The FBI’s assessment came straight from them, without any verification whatsoever, and other federal agencies, including Johnson’s DHS, took it as gospel without ever pressing the DNC to turn over their servers so they could verify it themselves.
Meanwhile, it’s the Democrats who have been proclaiming if a foreign nation interfered in our elections, we “need to get to the bottom of it” so it “doesn’t happen in the future.”
If they truly believed that, wouldn’t they have turned over their servers when the alleged hacking occurred?