The Democratic National Committee reportedly “did
not allow” the Federal Bureau of Investigation to
examine its hacked computer servers before the
intelligence agency issued a report blaming Russia
as the culprit.
“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the
necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and
data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial
compromise had been mitigated,” Buzzfeed reported
an FBI statement.
“This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a
third party for information. These actions caused
significant delays and inhibited the FBI from
addressing the intrusion earlier.”

The third party tech company was CrowdStrike,
which said it first discovered the hack in May.
A DNC spokesman previously told the publication
that the FBI had not requested access to the hacked
servers, and declined to comment after the FBI gave
a statement.
In what has become the biggest White House scandal
since Watergate, it was discovered that no US
government entity had run an independent analysis on
the DNC's systems since last summer.
Mr Trump jumped on the news, tweeting further doubt
about whether Russia was involved. 

Trump's advisor suggests Obama's sanctions against Russia are to 'box in' the incoming President

He is due to receive an in-depth briefing on Russia’s
alleged involvement on Friday.
“The Democratic National Committee would not allow
the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was
supposedly hacked by Russia,” he said.
“So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they
never even requested an examination of the computer
servers? What is going on?”

In a 13-page report in December, the FBI and the
Department of Homeland Security concluded that
Russia intended to manipulate the election to boost
Mr Trump into the White House, but the report does
not specifically mention that they examined DNC
computers themselves.
The CIA also concluded that Russia was behind the
attack.

Barack Obama: US will act on election hacking by Russia

Less than 24 hours before Mr Trump was due to
announce the results of his briefing on Russia and
share his own views,his top adviser and the former
CIA director James Woolsey quit his transition team.
President-elect Trump also questioned why NBC
gained access to information in a classified report 
on Russia that was presented to president Barack
Obama on Thursday
“Who gave them this report and why? Politics!”
he tweeted.
Two intelligence officials told NBC that the report
given to Mr Obama, which has not been made public,
detailed how Russian operatives had not only
infiltrated the DNC systems but also those of the
White House.
Hacking was also evident, it found, in 2008 and
2012. The most recent hacking was “payback” for
Mr Obama’s questioning of Vladimir Putin’s
legitimacy as Russian president.
Mr Obama expelled dozens of Russian diplomats
and imposed sanctions on the country following
the report from intelligence agencies.
Mr Trump’s team responded that the sanctions
had the effect of “boxing in” the new president.
Mr Trump also praised Mr Putin for not immediately
reacting to Mr Obama’s punishment.