The FBI demanded a straightforward access to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) hacked computer servers but was said no to, as Director James Comey said to lawmakers on Tuesday.
The bureau did “multiple requests at different levels,” according to Comey, but at the end got offered an agreement with the DNC that a “highly respected private company” would have the access and give what it could potentially find with the investigators in the FBI.
“We’d always prefer to have access hands-on ourselves if that’s possible,” Comey stated, stating that he wasn’t aware why the DNC refused the FBI’s request.
The director was giving a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a not so often organized open session on Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. The DNC and the bureau have been debating in news reports of whether the FBI asked to have access to its servers in a direct manner.
The DNC gave BuzzFeed a statement that got published last week in which the stated the FBI never even made a request for access to its servers after they were violating the law.
However, a senior law enforcement official discharged that labeling the next day.
“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,” the official stated.
“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.”