Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Thursday that former President Barack Obama's administration told Congress that Russian election interference was "under control" before the 2016 election.
"I was actually in the briefing in September of 2016, we were briefed by [former homeland security adviser] Lisa Monaco, [former FBI] Director [James] Comey, and [former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh] Johnson," the senator said on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning.
"They were telling us that they had evidence of Russian interference, they tried to hack into voter files," Johnson continued.
"They entire tone, what they were requesting in that meeting is, they had it under control, they were dealing with the states, and they wanted us to go out and communicate that this was going to be a legitimate election because they had it under control," he added.
"That was exactly what they were trying to do a couple of months before the election.
"But then, basically from their perspective, the wrong person got elected, and all of the sudden, this is the greatest threat to our democracy that has ever occurred," Johnson said. "There's a fair amount of hypocrisy that has occurred during this timeline."
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