Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson slammed the mainstream media while speaking before Congress Tuesday; ironically saying the press should have paid more “attention” to Russian election meddling during the 2016 race for the White House.
The senior Obama official was speaking with Sen. Dianne Feinstein when he blamed the media outlets for burying reports regarding the Kremlin’s intentions of sowing chaos in the American electoral process; seemingly ignoring his administration’s total lack of response to foreign interference.
Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: Our original “blunt” statement of Russian interference “did not get the attention that I thought it should have received, it was below-the-fold news the next day" #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/4R18FToo2b
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 21, 2018
“On October 7th, 2016 the Director of National Intelligence and I issued a pretty blunt statement saying the Russian government was interfering in our political process directed by the highest-levels of the Russian government,” said Johnson.
“That was a pretty blunt statement, some people believe we should have done that sooner. Frankly, it didn’t get the attention that I thought it should have received, it was below-the-fold news the next day,” he added.
Watch Johnson’s comments above.
ADAM’S ADMISSION: Schiff Says OBAMA ADMIN to Blame for Russian Meddling
Liberal congressman Adam Schiff publicly admitted over the weekend that former President Barack Obama dropped the ball on Russian election interference; saying his administration was partially to blame for foreign meddling throughout the 2016 race for the White House.
Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations Friday, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee spoke out about the Obama administration’s “minimal response” as accusations of Russian interference made national headlines.
“Russians are equal-opportunity malevolent actors,” said Schiff. “They’re not Republican and they’re not Democrats. They’re just designed in their foreign policy and their cyber policy to undermine the United States.”
“I do think though, that in fairness, some responsibility is attributed to the Obama administration for not establishing a more forceful deterrent. I think it goes back to the [North] Korean hack of Sony, which there was a minimal response. I think others around the world watched that,” he added.
Watch Schiff’s admission above.
BOMBSHELL: Obama Admin Spied on Trump Campaign Chairman During Election
Former chairman of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort was wiretapped by federal investigators before, during, and after the 2016 general election; fueling speculation that private conversations between President Trump and senior aides was intercepted by Obama officials prior to his inauguration.
According to Fox News, the wiretapping was authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 2014 as part of an ongoing FBI investigation over Manafort’s financial ties to Russia and Ukrainian officials.
The initial order expired in 2016 but was extended to early 2017.
Paul Manafort is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian officials meddled in the US presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign.
His home in northern Virginia was raided by FBI officials in July.
The revelation that the federal government wiretapped senior Trump aides vindicates comments made by the President earlier this year, claiming that Obama officials had been listening to his private conversations.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” tweeted the President in March.