Kirsters Baish| On Thursday, California Republican and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes pitched the idea for a ban on all electric voting systems when he sat down for an interview which was aired this past Thursday on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”
While speaking with Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton, Nunes explained, “The one thing we’ve been warning about for many, many years on the Intelligence committee is about the electronic voting systems.”
He went on, “Those are really dangerous in my opinion, and should not be used. In California — at least in the counties that I represent — they do not use an electronic system.”
“I think anybody that does that, and that’s communicating over the web, it’s going to be a challenge. So you have to make sure that you limit that as much as possible, and we need a paper trail so that you can go back in case you have to do a manual recount,” Nunes said.
In February of this year, the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity officials claimed that the Russians had “successfully penetrated” some voter rolls in a few states in 2016. They warned that California, along with 21 other states, had breaches attempted on their systems by the Russians. They stated that the electronic systems that were gone after did not involve vote tallying.
As reported by The Hill:
The U.S. intelligence community said that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and has warned that the Kremlin will continue to attempt to interfere in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
President Trump, who has sent mixed signals on whether he believes the intelligence committee’s assessment on election interference, said on Tuesday that he is “very concerned” that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections to aid Democrats.
“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!” President Donald Trump tweeted.
I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2018
During the interview, which touched on many subjects, Chairman Nunes spoke about reports claiming that the President is thinking of revoking the security clearances of multiple former intelligence officials. He explained that those former intelligence officials who are being considered to have their security clearances revoked acted in a a fashion that was “extremely dishonest.” He was specifically referring to corrupt government rats like disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and the former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. Nunes did say, however, that Trump should not be revoking their security clearances.
He went on to explain that his committee is looking into whether or not multiple Russian informants were paid before an investigation was authorized.
Nunes spoke about omissions and redactions coming from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (aka FISA) warrant out on President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign adviser Carter Page. Nunes stated that the commissions and redactions weren’t going to have a more negative effect on the Intelligence community than the things that have been released thus far.