The new report comes in the immediate wake of Congressional hearings on the vulnerability of US election systems.
USA officials told lawmakers Wednesday there is no question that Russian Federation engaged in widespread interference in last year's presidential election aimed at helping Trump win the White House, but they said there is no evidence that Moscow was able to change the vote count.
Former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel of the Obama administration believed that Russian hackers had infiltrated far more states than his team was able to detect.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday told the leading House panel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election that much to his "disappointment", the Democratic National Committee declined an offer by his agency to help after they were hacked. "Why didn't they stop them?" the president tweeted, shortly following with "...
Sanders noted that Trump said during a news conference in January, "I think it was Russian Federation, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people". "It's all a big Dem HOAX!", Trump said. He appeared to theorize that Democrats concocted the story as an "excuse" for Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 presidential election. With the benefit of hindsight, I can tell you for certain that in the late-summer, fall, I was very concerned about what I was seeing. Senators questioned election officials from Wisconsin, Indiana and IL about communications with federal intelligence officials on attempts to undermine voting systems.
"I began discussions with my staff on what should we be doing", Johnson said.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee pressed Johnson as to why the Obama administration didn't move more quickly to expose Russian influence during the presidential campaign.
"A sophisticated actor could hack an election simply by focusing on certain counties", Senator King said.
Bill Priestap, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence division, said the FBI is investigating the hackers' targeting efforts.
The extent of interference by Russian hackers has been the source of speculation and media reports for months.
In this July 14, 2016, file photo, then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy asked Johnson pointedly whether he knew of any evidence of possible collusion with Russian Federation by the Trump campaign. He said Russia's goal was to "sow discord" in the United States and to "denigrate" Clinton and help Trump.
"Prior to Election Day, I also personally reviewed with the CEO of The Associated Press its long-standing election-day reporting process, including the redundancies and safeguards in its systems", Johnson said. White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to answer a question this week about whether Trump believes that Russian Federation meddled in the election.