Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) is joining with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to push legislation that would send money to states to ensure their voting systems are secure for the 2018 election. But when it comes to attacks on certain officials or propaganda, the White House and Congress are doing little.
In an interview with CNN, Lankford expressed concern that the White House is ignoring national security concerns over the midterms.
“While the president has been inconsistent on his tweets, he’s the only one who hasn’t been paying attention to this,” Lankford told CNN’s Manu Raju.
He noted last time the Russians “didn’t get that far” when it came to changing actual vote tallies.
“Last time they didn’t get that far from the intelligence we have but, according to the latest indictment, they got to 500,000 people in terms of their voter data,” said Klobuchar.
When it comes to the attacks on elected members, Lankford said most senators have been attacked.
“That’s a regular thing here, that there are outside actors trying to find ways to hack into the Senate and see if they can find information. I would be shocked if there’s a senator that hasn’t been targeted”
The White House had a cybersecurity expert working to keep things secure, but as of February that staffer was no longer there.
Watch the interview below:
White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.
"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."
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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.
"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."
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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former Obama administration official and national security analyst Samantha Vinograd excoriated President Donald Trump for his decision — further laid out in newly released House transcripts — to suspend military aid to Ukraine.
"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.