- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2019

President Trump is “compromised” and thus incapable of protecting the U.S. electoral process from hackers, the chairman of Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

“We are at war right now. It is a cyberwar. Unfortunately, because our commander-in-chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch, and that is why the DNC and others in the Democratic Party ecosystem are working tirelessly to make sure we are protecting our data,” Tom Perez said on CNN.

“We are working with every campaign to provide cybersecurity training because we can’t expect help from this administration,” Mr. Perez added.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

The head of the DNC since 2017, Mr. Perez discussed his concerns about hackers potentially targeting the 2020 race on the heels of recently urging his Republican counterpart, Ronna McDaniel, to join Democrats in “condemning the weaponization of stolen private data in our electoral process” and agree that neither party will use pilfered material for political gain.

Republicans including Mr. Trump campaigned in 2016 by touting stolen emails embarrassing to his Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, that the U.S. has since assessed as being sourced by Russian state-sponsored hackers.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, said Sunday there is “nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.”

Mr. Perez subsequently asked Ms. McDaniel to take a firm stance against Republicans campaigning in 2020 using hacked or stolen data.

“Although you and I profoundly disagree on how our candidates should campaign and elected leaders should govern, we should at the very least work together to assure the American people that the process will be fair, and send a message to our adversaries that we will not tolerate the theft and dissemination of private data in our electoral process,” Mr. Perez wrote Monday.

The Republican National Committee referred to Ms. McDaniel’s previous comments about election interference when reached earlier this week.

“Any breach of our political organizations — regardless of party — is an affront to all of us, and we should come together as Americans to prevent it from ever happening again. It’s important we do all we can to safeguard our future elections,” she said in 2018.

The Russian government interfered in the 2016 election “in sweeping and systematic fashion,” special counsel Robert Mueller concluded in his recently released redacted report summarizing the government’s investigation into the race.

Moscow has denied meddling in the race.

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