Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia clearly behind cyber attack

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is downplaying the attacks while casting suspicion on China instead.
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Transcript for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia clearly behind cyber attack
Moving on to the massive cyber attack on government ag. Mipeo saying russiis clearly behind it. Hours later, the president downplaying the attack. Casting suspicion on China instead, even as members of his own party say the U.S. Should retaliate. Here's Stephanie Ramos. Reporter: Tonight, president trump at odds with his own secretary of state. Casting doubt that Russia was behind that unprecedented, massive cyber attack infiltrating federal agencies, including the departments of treasury, energy, homeland security, and the state department. This was a very significant effort, and I think it's the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity. Reporter: Earlier this year, hackers compromising software from solarwinds, an I.T. Management company with more than 300,000 customers. Their malicious code unknowingly installed by clients updating the software. The extent of the breach is unknown, but solarwinds counts the U.S. Government, military, and most of the nation's fortune 500 companies among its clients. But the president continues to downplay the hack, tweeting, "Everything is well under and "That it may be China." Members of congress from both parties already furious about their limited briefings, dismayed at the president's refusal to implicate the Kremlin. I think we've come to recognize that the president has a blind spot when it comes to Russia. This is extraordinarily serious. He is not making our country safer. Reporter: Authorities suspect the Russians may have had access to sensitive networks for at least six months. It will take months, possibly years, to know for certain which networks the Russians control or just occupy. They deny any involvement.

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