Jeh Johnson: It Was Not an ‘Easy Decision’ to Decide to Tell the American Public About Russia

‘We had to tell the American public what we knew’


JOHNSON: "I and others believed very strongly that we had to tell the American public what we knew. That was not an easy decision. Given the rhetoric of the campaign, given the fact that in national security we typically stay out of elections, we stay out of campaigns, but with the intelligence, which was overwhelming, we felt an obligation to tell the public on October 7th. Now, frankly, the larger issue here is when we — when Jim Clapper and I issued that statement, we all thought this was going to be big news, full banner, but it was the same day as the 'Access Hollywood' video, so it was literally below the fold news that day."

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