NEWSWATCH: “Intelligence panel chair asks why Democrats denied FBI access after Russian hacking (excerpt)” – McClatchy/ANNA DOUGLAS

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… [Senator Richard] Burr wanted to know why the Democratic National Committee didn’t give the FBI direct access to servers and devices that had been compromised in a cyberattack. FBI Director James Comey told Burr the agency and its investigators had made ‘multiple requests at different levels’ for access to DNC infrastructure and John Podesta’s devices for the purposes of investigating cyberattacks and subsequent information leaks. Podesta was chairman of … Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. … Comey … [said that] such access renders the ‘best evidence,’ but investigators had to settle on getting information … through a reputable private company that worked with Democratic hacking victims. ‘We’d always prefer to have access hands-on ourselves,’ Comey said. …

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