WSJ: FBI Chief James Comey Says Russian Hackers Targeted Republican Data During Election Campaign

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FBI Director James Comey has told Senate Intelligence Committee members at a hearing  that Russian hackers also targeted Republican data in the 2016 election campaign and that the documents revealed were less than the unveiled emails of Democrats, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Devlin Barrett writes Comey discussed incidents of alleged Russian hacking when he testified along with other intelligence chiefs during the committee meeting Tuesday.

The report said that part of the hearing tackled implications of Russia hacking and propaganda against U.S. democracy.

“There were successful penetrations of some groups and campaigns, particularly at the state level on the Republican side of the aisle, and some limited penetration of old [Republican National Committee] domains,” Comey told lawmakers.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) noted that Russian hacking aimed to make electoral candidates fight against each other and question the legitimacy of the elections.

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