Trump fumes on Twitter after ex-Homeland Security chief testifies about Russian cyberattacks

President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, hammering away at the “big Dem scam” and “big Dem HOAX!” in the aftermath of former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony the day before about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

In particular, Trump seized upon Johnson’s comment that the Democratic National Committee was among those who rebuffed his department’s offer for assistance during the Russian attack. The U.S. intelligence community has accused the Kremlin of being behind the hack that led to thousands of emails being released through WikiLeaks.

“Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It’s all a big Dem HOAX!” Trump exclaimed. “Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t? It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!”

It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by labeling the hacking a Democratic “HOAX” and “scam.” But Trump has long vented at the FBI and about congressional investigations into Russian efforts to influence the election and whether anyone affiliated with his campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Trump’s Twitter outburst was part of a string that began with the claim that Johnson testified there was no collusion. Johnson had only stated that he did not see any evidence by the time he relinquished his position in January.

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