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Report: FBI to Meet With Fla. Officials About Election Hacking

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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. (Johnny Louis/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 April 2019 08:20 PM

The FBI will meet next month with Florida officials to brief them on Russian hackers who might have phished their way into a local elections office, the Miami Herald reported.

Florida's GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., each said Thursday the FBI has asked about scheduling a meeting within the next few weeks to talk about election hacking. 

DeSantis and Scott have blasted federal authorities for their silence in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueler's report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election; the report said the FBI believes Russian hackers were able to "gain access" to "at least one" Florida county government computer network.

"They won't tell us which county it was. Are you kidding me? Why would you not say something immediately?" DeSantis said. "We're looking for answers. I think finally next week we're going to get somebody, or maybe the week after we're going to have somebody come brief us on what happened."

"We're going to make it public," DeSantis added about whatever is discussed with the FBI. "Unless somehow it's classified, the public has a right to know what may have happened."

According to the Herald, it was known even before Mueller's report that hackers tried to hack Florida elections offices by sending emails with malware-laced attachments. Mueller's report was the first official statement to indicate any of those attempts might have been successful, the Herald reported.

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Florida officials will be briefed by the FBI next month on Russian hackers who might have phished their way into a local elections office, according to the Miami Herald.
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Thursday, 25 April 2019 08:20 PM
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