South Carolina’s senior senator said Wednesday that a computer server associated with his campaign was also the victim of a cyberattack this summer and called for the incoming Trump administration to clamp down on suspected Russian hacking.
During an appearance on CNN Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the computer server of vendor used by his presidential campaign was compromised, likely by Russian attackers.
“I do believe the Russians hacked into the (Democratic National Committee). I do believe they hacked into (John) Podesta’s email account. They hacked into my campaign account,” he told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. “I do believe that all the information released publicly hurt Clinton and didn’t hurt Trump. I don’t think the outcome of the election is in doubt. What we should do is not turn on each other but work as one people to push back on Russia.”
Graham said the FBI told him in August the server had been hacked two months earlier.
He told CNN he plans to introduce sanctions against Russia to punish them and hoped to have the support of the Trump Administration and his nominated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump has publicly expressed skepticism about CIA suspicions that the cyberattacks were organized by Russian state actors, possibly with the backing of its higher level government circles.
Around the same time as the CNN interview, Graham’s Twitter account continued his encouragement of sanctions. “If you don’t go after Russia for hacking during 2016 election you’re inviting other bad actors (China, N. Korea, Iran, etc.) to do the same,” a Wednesday evening post said.