Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, giving rise to a million dollar question.
The testimony mainly focused on Russia’s alleged attempts to “hack” the election, and the Obama administration’s response. But, when Johnson talked about the DNC’s response to news that they were hacked, things got interesting.
With many of those in the DNC pushing the narrative of Russian interference in the election, you’d think they would be thrilled when Johnson reached out to aid them after it was learned that they were hacked. Apparently not, as they refused all help from him — and his department — following the hack. “My interest in helping them was definitely of nonpartisan interest,” Johnson said, “and I recall very clearly that I was not pleased that we were not in there helping them patch this vulnerability.” The DNC refused to turn over any of their servers following the hack.
So the million dollar question is: why would they refuse help? Trey Gowdy made an appearance on Fox News yesterday, speaking to Martha MacCallum about Johnson’s testimony, in which the following exchange occurred:
MACCALLUM: It’s really a head-scratcher. When you take a look at it from that perspective — when you put yourself there, during the election, and you remember the emails that were leaked, very embarrassing for John Podesta, Neera Tanden. That was the main thing that Democrats pegged their election loss on. They said because these emails were released, they call it the Russian hacking, which is apparently where it came from. If you remember the content, it was embarrassing. At the same time, they were asked by the FBI and the DHS to give the servers up, let’s figure out who is getting into them and how. Why would they say no? Why would they not want to cooperate?
GOWDY: Let me hazard a wild guess. There may be something else on that server they didn’t want law enforcement to see? That is where you start. I don’t like speculating, but I have dealt, in the past, with victims that would not cooperate with investigations. Typically, the reason is, there is something else you don’t want law enforcement to see. There is no reason to not allow DHS to patch or fix a vulnerability in the DNC system. Heaven knows there is no reason to not give the world’s premier law enforcement agency, which is the FBI, the evidence they may need to stop another attack from hurting someone else.
What could the DNC be hiding? Given that everything we learned about them from the emails released in the hacks called their ethics into question, nothing is off the table.