And Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers said that the hacking of America’s election system and method “is of wonderful worry.”
The committee’s cyberthreats hearing arrives a working day just before the president-elect receives a briefing by the CIA and FBI administrators — together with the head of countrywide intelligence — on the investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking initiatives.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, said at the hearing that he thinks “the most effective tactic” to the challenge is to develop a special select committee of the Senate to probe this kind of initiatives.
Trump has criticized the intelligence community’s conclusions and even appeared to back again WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s contention that Russia did not supply him with hacked Democratic e-mail.
McCain mentioned Assange with Clapper early in the hearing, stating “”I consider he is the one who’s liable for publishing the names of men and women who get the job done for us who put us in immediate hazard.”
“Yes, he has,” Clapper replied.
“Do you consider there’s any trustworthiness we really should attach to this person?” McCain requested.
Clapper said, “Not in my watch.”
“I next those comments,” Rogers said.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., requested Clapper about how Trump has been dismissive of the intelligence community’s conclusions of Russian interference in the election.
“I consider there’s a difference in between skepticism and disparagement,” Clapper said.