Podesta speaks to panel, defends Obama’s actions on Russia meddling
The House Intelligence Committee interviewed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman John Podesta behind closed doors Tuesday as part of lawmakers’ investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
Mr. Podesta, who was targeted by Russian operatives as part of the cybercampaign launched during the election season, spoke briefly with reporters afterward.
“The president and the entire administration were dealing with an unprecedented incidence of the weaponization of the fruits of Russian cyber activity, and I think they were trying to make the best judgments they could on behalf to the American people,” Mr. Podesta told reporters after he was asked about the Obama administration’s response to the Russian hacking.
The administration has been criticized for its slow response to Moscow’s efforts, which was first mentioned publicly in October.
Mr. Podesta’s personal email and Democratic National Committee servers were hacked and embarrassing messages published on WikiLeaks.
Last week, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress that the White House had feared that a public accusation of Russian interference could have been construed as an effort to influence the election.
The House Intelligence Committee interviewed John Podesta on Tuesday. Officials are trying to figure out the extent of Russian meddling.