(National Sentinel) Pathetic: If Congress ever got brave enough to pass legislation requiring its members to adhere to the same laws that mere mortal Americans had to follow, there would be a lot less criminal behavior among elected representatives. Like making fraudulent claims.
In recent weeks incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who is trailing GOP Gov. Rick Scott ahead of the November elections, claimed that Russian hackers were already targeting his state’s balloting systems, in a pathetic, desperate attempt to keep the false narrative of “Russia hacked the 2016 election” alive in case he loses in a few months.
But there’s just one problem with his claim: It’s false, and that’s according to both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
FBI Director Christopher Wray and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner that U.S. officials “have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida,” The Daily Caller reported.
Russians “have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” Nelson falsely claimed at an Aug. 7 campaign event.
And even if it were true, Nelson violated every rule in the book against divulging information the government would consider highly classified.
“We are focusing on assisting election officials with securing their systems for the 2018 midterms and ensuring Floridians can have confidence that when they visit the polls, their vote will be counted, and counted correctly,” Wray and Nielsen wrote in their letter to Detzner.
In addition, the recognized that Florida has “spent the past several months deploying more … intrusion detection sensors to state and local election systems than any other state.”
Sarah Revell, Detzner’s spokeswoman, blasted Nelson’s “unsubstantiated” claims.
“None of these agencies had information to corroborate Senator Nelson’s claims,” she said, according to The DC.
And by the way, both the FBI and the NSA have confirmed something that a large plurality of Americans — all Democratic voters, most likely — don’t believe: Not a single vote was changed by any nefarious Russian cyberactivity during the 2016 election.
The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process. pic.twitter.com/d9HqkxYBt5
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 20, 2017
And yet here’s a sitting U.S. senator making this irresponsible claim because he’s too afraid of losing power. Pathetic.