2016 ELECTION/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. has made significant strides in better protecting the election system after a Russian campaign of hacking and misinformation during the 2016 election, the Trump administration’s Homeland Security chief Congress on Wednesday [3-21-18].
Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that information sharing between the federal government and states and localities had improved since the last election. State and local officials, she said, are getting more access to classified information and better support from the federal government in protecting their voting systems…Ms. Nielsen also said that 20 state election officials had been granted security clearances to give them access to such information, and that the Department would immediately brief any state or local official on threats against their systems, even if the information was classified and even if the official lacked a clearance.”
–Byron Tau, “Homeland Security Chief Says U.S. Is Improving Election Defenses,” The Wall Street Journal online, Mar. 21, 2018 1:05pm