A report from the Senate Intelligence Committee shows the Russians targeted election systems in all 50 states. Senate Dictator and chief Trump enabler Mitch McConnell doesn’t care! Tag him #MoscowMitch
Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller went before Congress and testified that the Russians were still interfering in U.S. elections and “they’re doing it as we sit here.”
In response, “Dictator of the Senate” #MoscowMitch McConnell blocked a series of election security bills that would have strengthened our election system. He said Democrats were only passing bills requiring paper ballots and funding the Election Assistance Commission for “political benefit.” The reality is there’s no way that either of those gives an edge to Democrats, but it clear that old #MoscowMitch feels that republicans retain an edge if he lets the Russians continue to meddle.
Russian meddling is far more widespread than many had first realized. On Thursday, right around the time #MoscowMitch was refusing to let the Senate even take a vote, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report saying election systems in all 50 states had been targeted by Russia during the 2016 elections. Worse, they gained some level of access in 21 states. (a fact we have stated here many times)
The Russians would have been able to delete voters from the rolls. The report says that in at least one state — Illinois — the Russians gained a level of access where they could have actually deleted or changed votes.
They have been setting the stage for further interference. One cybersecurity expert told the committee Russian efforts looked like they were “conducting the reconnaissance…so that you could actually understand the network, establish a presence so you could come back later and actually execute an operation.”
These revelations are just the tip of the iceberg because the Intelligence Committee has been working on this report for two-and-a-half years, and this 67-page report issued Thursday is only one of five volumes it will release over the next month. A large portion of the report is redacted because of intelligence concerns, but what one can read is startling enough.
Importantly the committee found, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI got around to telling states about the hacking threat, which they didn’t do until well into the 2016 general election, “the warnings did not provide enough information or go to the right people.” Worse, the alerts provided “no clear reason for states to take this threat more seriously than any other alert received.”
#MoscowMitch has blocked election security bills twice this week and the Republican leader also prevented the Obama administration from warning Americans about Russian meddling in 2016.
With the 2020 election right around the corner, #MoscowMitch’s decision to look the other way has many calling him “Putin’s other puppet”