Obama’s Home­land Se­cu­rity chief sought to tes­tify

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The House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee wants to hear from for­mer Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh Johnson on Rus­sia’s at­tempts to in­ter­fere in the U.S. elec­tion, a top Demo­crat said Tues­day.

“I think he would have insight,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of Cal­i­for­nia, the panel’s rank­ing Demo­crat.

He and Rep. Mike Con­away, who’s now lead­ing the com­mit­tee’s probe into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s elec­tion, said they’re mak­ing progress, but de­clined to go into de­tails.

They ap­peared to be try­ing to re­mind the pub­lic that they have a probe on­go­ing, in a week when the spot­light will be on the Se­nate, where for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey will tes­tify in an open ses­sion.

Law­mak­ers are ex­pected to ask him about the progress of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian med­dling, about his fir­ing by Pres­i­dent Trump, and about the ex­tent of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion de­signed to em­bar­rass Pres­i­dent Trump.

Mr. Johnson, as Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary, had over­sight of U.S. cy­ber­se­cu­rity ef­forts. A new re­port this week in the In­ter­cept, based on a sen­si­tive doc­u­ment leak, says Rus­sian op­er­a­tives at­tempted to gain ac­cess to state elec­tion rolls. — Stephen Dinan


Law­mak­ers on the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee want for­mer Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh Johnson to speak about Rus­sia and the elec­tion.

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