FBI Director James Comey tried to clear his name on Tuesday when he claimed that Russian hackers “harvested” data on Republicans during a testimony.
However, the data collected only involved some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations and not current Republican National Committee members or anything relevant about President-elect Donald Trump.
Comey himself admitted that the data collected on Republicans was mostly “old stuff.”
When Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about whether the Russians could continue to release data, even if it’s old, about the Republicans, he simply responded, “Sure.”
Senators have called on the United States to deter such plots. Sen. Marco Rubio pointed to one case in the U.K. where a politician was hacked by the Russians, had child porn planted on his computer, and was reported to the police who arrested and charged him.
Rubio made it clear that something like that could happen here.
“Congressman John So-And-So has been money-laundering, and sure enough you’re arrested and charged and removed from the public discourse,” Rubio said. Isn’t that a danger here? he asked.
“It is certainly well within both their technical competence and their potential intent to do something like that,” Clapper said.
When Comey was asked about why the FBI didn’t accept The DNC’s cooperation to investigate the hacking scandals, he refused to respond and comment on open investigations.
“The irony of your making that statement here I cannot avoid — but I’ll move on,” King said.