Interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile pushed back Sunday on President Barack Obama’s recent claim that Russia ceased conducting cyber attacks to impact the 2016 election after he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out.”
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Brazile said, “No, they did not stop. They came after us absolutely every day until the end of the election. They tried to hack into our system repeatedly.”
During what was scheduled to be Obama’s final press conference of the year, the president recounted telling Putin in September that if the attacks continued there would be consequences.
“We did not see further tampering of the election process. But the leaks through Wikileaks had already occurred,” Obama said on Friday.
Brazile was “disappointed” by Obama’s response, claiming Democrats were “under constant attack” throughout the entire election.
“We never felt comfortable. We didn’t know what was coming next. And, you know, this is not just about computers; this is harassment of individuals, it’s harassment of our candidates, harassment of our donors. We had stolen information, personal information. People were personally harassed,” she added.
The DNC interim chairwoman was on the receiving end of the alleged Russian cyber attacks which resulted in WikiLeaks releasing thousands of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s hacked emails. Back in October, CNN ultimately parted ways with Brazile after emails were leaked that suggested she shared questions with the Clinton campaign in advance of multiple CNN-sponsored events.
The cable news network said they were “completely uncomfortable” with Brazile’s communication and relationship with the Clinton camp.
Brazile fired back at CNN after the election, saying the network preferred “ripping me a new one” instead of allowing her room to defend herself.
Responding to the leaked emails that lost her her job at CNN, she said on Sunday that those emails were “weaponized to sew misinformation and to sew discord between the Clinton and Sanders camps.”
BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN