GOP congressman says Russia was behind hacking campaign
The House Oversight Committee is investigating the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, as lawmakers focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.
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Chaffetz, who is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he would provide the committee with documents related to the hacks, including a document showing how the Russian government funded the operation.
In an interview with Fox News Friday, Chaffetz said he’s not aware of any evidence linking Russia to the attacks.
“I’m not aware that Russia or anybody else was behind this,” Chaffetz told Fox News.
“I’ve been around the world.
And I’m not a Russian.
And the Russians have nothing to do with this.”
The House Oversight and House Government Reform Committee, which is led by Rep. Jason Stivers, said Chaffetz and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, are investigating the hacks.
The panel has subpoenaed records from a company that had a role in developing the DNC’s online platform.
The company is CrowdStrike.
CrowdStrike has said that the DNC had to pay more than $2 million to a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike Lab, after the DNC hacked into the Democratic party’s internal systems.
The House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee are also investigating the cyberattacks.
The White House and some Republican lawmakers have pushed for Congress to take more active action to help the investigation.
But other Republicans have suggested the inquiry would go nowhere without the help of the public.
The Democrats say that the attacks were launched to undermine their presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.