The interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile said Sunday that cyberattacks against the party occurred every day through the end of the election.
“They came after us absolutely every day until the end of the election. They tried to hack into our system repeatedly,” Brazile added.
Brazile’s comments were made on ABC News’ “The Week” and were apparently contradicting what President Barack Obama said Friday when he revealed that the hacking was halted in September after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an international summit and told him to “cut it out.”
Obama stopped short of saying Putin himself orchestrated the Russian hacking of U.S. political sites during the election – but he did say it was done at the highest levels of the Kremlin.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has even more directly cited Russian interference. She said Thursday night, “Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyberattacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me.”
Obama didn’t publicly back that theory.
Brazile also blasted President-elected Donald Trump, claiming the he used the hacked emails that were released to the public to divide the country during the campaign.
“The emails were weaponized. Donald Trump used this information in ways to also sow division. I was very disappointed in his repeated usage some of the stolen information. He used it as if he received daily talking points,” she said.
Brazile didn’t put the full blame on Russia. She admitted that the DNC itself was partly to blame for the loss because the committee put itself into a vulnerable spot.
“There’s no question I took full responsibility. I spent the entire month of July, all of August, apologizing because of the leaks,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.