Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said on Thursday that the United States is currently "at war" with Russia and the "federal government is asleep at the switch" because President Donald Trump is "compromised."
"I want to ask about the values you stated for the DNC moving forward," CNN's Alisyn Camerota said. “As we all know, Russians hacked into the DNC computers and changed the course of the election. Maybe not the outcome, but certainly the course of American history. Everyone is grappling with this and what to do."
Camerota then read off a statement from Perez which stated that the DNC was calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to not "seek out or weaponize stolen private data for political gain."
Camerota then read off the RNC's statement: "Any breach of our political organizations regardless of party is an affront to all of us. We should come together as Americans to prevent it from ever happening again. It is important we do all we can to safeguard our future elections."
"Are you satisfied?" Camerota asked.
"Of course not. This should be a lay-up," Perez said. "What we saw in the 2016 election, a foreign adversary, our fiercest foreign adversary, attempted to interfere with our election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. What we said in 2016... Don't use stolen information. That's what we're saying again."
Moments later, Perez said: "We are at war now. It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch. That's why the DNC and others in the Democratic Party eco-system are working tirelessly to make sure we are protecting our data, we're working with every campaign to provide cybersecurity training because we can't expect help from the administration."
Perez’s claim that Trump is “compromised” goes directly against what Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in his report on the Russia investigation.
"The Special Counsel found no evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired with the Russians to influence the election, despite offers by the Russians to do so," the report states.