FBI director: There is no evidence that the Trump campaign or the RNC was ‘successfully hacked’

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FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary Committee in March 2016.
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FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday that his agency “did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign or the current RNC was successfully hacked” by Russia during the presidential campaign.

The only Republican systems infiltrated by the Russians, Comey said, were Republican state-level political campaigns and old email domains that the Republican National Committee was no longer using. While Russian hackers collected some information from these hacks, they did not publicly release what they stole, he told lawmakers.

There was “some limited penetration of old RNC email domains,” Comey said. But the FBI found no indication, upon examining current RNC servers, that they were successfully infiltrated by Russia, he said.

The Democratic National Committee’s communications department published a misleading tweet on Tuesday afternoon claiming Comey had confirmed that Russia successfully hacked the RNC. The tweet linked to a video of Comey being asked whether the FBI had any indication that “any Republican systems targeted” by the Russians were successfully penetrated.

But Comey said only that “there were successful penetrations of some groups and campaigns, particularly at the state level on the Republican side of the aisle, and some limited penetration of old RNC domains.”

The RNC’s current domains, however, were not successfully infiltrated, Comey said.

Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary and the RNC’s former communications director, quipped in response to the DNC tweet, “Your tweets are as bad as your IT security.”

Comey said that the Russians used similar phishing attempts on the old RNC domains and the DNC, but that they were able to infiltrate only the DNC.

“It’s hard to say why, but similar techniques were used in both cases,” Comey said.