by WorldTribune Staff, July 25, 2018
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are aware that Russian hackers were not only digging for dirt on Democrats in the 2016 election but had targeted the GOP as well, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said.
Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russians fails to mention the cyber attacks on Republicans, but his committee’s report does, Rep. Devin Nunes said.
“The indictment plays like they’re only going after the Democrats, when Bob Mueller and all his investigators and his lawyers know for a fact that they also targeted Republicans,” Nunes, California Republican, told Fox News. “Why is that not in the indictment? It makes the indictment look ridiculous.”
The Republican National Committee (RNC) says the Russian hacking attempts were unsuccessful. The Wall Street Journal reported that Russia attempted to hack GOP computers via email addresses but failed.
According to some reports, the RNC maintained better cyber defenses than did the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
What Russia would have done with insider RNC information if the hacking attempts had been successful may never be known. Nunes said the Justice Department and the Mueller team “know that. It’s in our report,” referring to attempted Republican hacks.
“So why doesn’t the Department of Justice allow this to be declassified, so the American public can see this?” he asked.
Nunes sees his committee’s final report as a vindication since, he says, it mirrors what Mueller put in the indictment.
“And then it looks like all you did, all that Mueller did, was validate our report, indict some Russians and leave out, I think, some very pertinent, relative evidence that the American public should see, which is why we continue to have to fight,” he said.