Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Russia Could Have Been Behind Iowa Caucus App Failure

During a FBI oversight hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) asked FBI Director Christopher Ray to investigate potential Russia involvement in the app used in the Iowa caucus vote counting debacle.

There is no evidence that Russia meddled in Iowa and all explanations from Iowa Democrats and the app maker point to the contrary.

As TCO reported, the app makers behind the technology that led to the Iowa Democrat caucus debacle last night already issued an apology and explanation.

Troy Price, the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, told campaigns in a letter obtained by CNN that a “coding issue” with the app was preventing it from transmitting accurate data.

“While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data,” Price wrote. “This issue was identified and fixed.” Price added that paper backups have successfully validated the data that made it into the app.

Per CNN Shadow Inc., the company behind the app used by Iowa Democrats has apologized in its first public comment about the problems.

“We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it has caused to the candidates, their campaigns, and Democratic caucus-goers,” the company said in a tweet.

The Federalist reports at an FBI oversight hearing in the House Judiciary Committee with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Jackson Lee said she hoped Iowa Democrats would press the FBI to study the Russia’s involvement in the Iowa caucuses, where full results were yet to be released four days later.

“I hope that the Iowa Democrats will ask for an FBI investigation on the app,” Jackson Lee told Wray. “I believe that Russia has been engaged in and interfering with a number of our elections dealing with the 2016 election.”

Jackson Lee’s assertion comes as Iowa Democrats face scrutiny for using an app with major flaws to report caucus results to the state party to determine the winner.

“Certainly, we are also concerned about potential Russian interference with our elections,” Wray responded. “That’s why I created the foreign influence task force, which is acutely focused on that topic among other nation states that are attempting to influence our elections.”

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