The United States is in the middle of a cyberwar, but President Donald Trump is compromised and the "federal government is asleep at the switch," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Thursday while insisting that President Donald Trump's tax returns will be released through a subpoena rather than leaked.
"That will be the product of a subpoena process," Perez told CNN's "New Day," after he was asked if a candidate will use the documents if they are leaked. "We are entitled to that. If you look at the law that Chairman [Richard] Neal of the House Ways and Means Committee is using, it's clear."
However, he added that the DNC and the party are working to protect its data and working with all their campaigns to provide cybersecurity training, because "we can't expect help from the administration."
The tactics of cyberattacks aren't about "right versus left," but instead, "right versus wrong," insisted Perez.
"A foreign adversary, Russia, they hacked the DNC and others," said Perez. "They did so with the intent to interfere with our presidential election. What we said in the letter is when we have such activity, if someone calls and tells you 'I'm going to rob a bank,' your response should be 'I'm going to call the authorities.'
When Russian called President Donald Trump's campaign and said they had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, they should have called the authorities, he continued.
Meanwhile, Perez said the committee is welcoming former Vice President Joe Biden, who announced his presidential candidacy on Thursday, to the race.
"The video was very powerful," said Perez. "As he points out, this is a battle for the soul of our nation."
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