Tallahassee, Fla. - Washington County is reported to be one of two counties where Russians accessed voter information records before the 2016 election.
Politico reports that a person in Florida close to the investigation confirmed that the small Panhandle county was successfully penetrated by the Russian military's spy agency.
It was previously known that Russians targeted all 67 counties in Florida before the election, but it wasn't clear until the release of the Mueller report that some of those attempts had been successful.
In the past week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida’s congressional delegation were briefed about the attack by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security but were told to keep the names of the two counties confidential.
Yesterday, members of Florida's congressional delegation said it's unacceptable that the agencies won't publicly identify the two counties.
"That rationale is ludicrous," said Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Miami said the FBI found no evidence Russian hackers were able to change vote tallying but “couldn’t say with certainty they did not manipulate [voter] data.”
According to Poltico, two sources in Florida said they suspect the other hacked elections office was in a “mid-sized county on the East Coast of the state.”
Washington County is home to about 25,000 residents. About 77 percent of the more than 11,000 votes were cast for President Trump in 2016.