Former President Donald Trump’s administration knocked down cybersecurity bills more than once despite concerns that foreign adversaries were once again interfering in the United States‘ elections. Amid all of this, calls to fund cybersecurity training for election officials intensified. Now, thanks to Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a bill to do just that has been reintroduced. The two senators introduced the bill in 2019 but it did not advance in the Senate.
Senator Angus King (I-Maine) called the cancelation of election security briefings “a pre-coverup.” King’s comments after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced his office will no longer deliver in-person election security briefings to members of Congress.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said that the House should pass inherent contempt legislation if Trump refuses to provide Congress with election security briefings.
In an open letter, 34 national security leaders requested Congress approve increased election security funding. The signatories include former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
After 46 Senate Republicans voted against $250 million in funding for election security in 2018, Senate Republicans have finally been shamed into making a vague gesture of care for US elections by agreeing to add just $250 million to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill Thursday morning.
Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted Mitch McConnell for ignoring Robert Mueller and blocking an election security bill in the Senate.
Although U.S election officials were looking for Russian interference ahead of and during the elections, but the detection of hacking activity by a Russian group didn’t occur until after the polls had closed.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement for Trump on his election security meeting, and the statement did not mention Russia once.
Trump has no plan to keep America's election's secure, and he has no agency or person in charge of election security, and to make sure that everyone knows that he could care less, his national security meeting on election security lasted less than 30 minutes.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have put forward a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, causing an outcry from furious Democrats.
Amid a firestorm of controversy about President Trump’s denial of Russian election interference there was an expectation that the House would fund a bipartisan approach that would help states protect themselves from cyber attacks and other threats to election security.
As the November elections draw near, and Russian interference in the 2016 elections is being confirmed, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has told CBS News, “I am concerned that the Russians never left.”