Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the Trump administration’s reluctance to address the Russian interference shows acceptance of a foreign power meddling in U.S. elections.
“The current administration and current president is kinda sending the signals that this will be tolerated,” Mr. Johnson said on MSNBC.
“I have not heard from President Trump a strong statement of condemnation about the Russia behavior, and about what all of his intelligence community is telling him happened last year, and what we said publicly last year happened,” he said.
But Mr. Johnson pushed back against the idea that the intelligence community dragged their heels in announcing the Russian interference, saying there were a lot of factors to consider.
“The decision to make attribution on Oct. 7 was a very big decision because we were in the midst of a very overheated campaign, with one of the candidates saying the results are going to be rigged, but at the end of the day, we decided that we had to tell the American voting public, the American public, what was going on,” he said.
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