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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Democrats are uniting behind a simple message about Russian hacking during the 2016 election: Donald Trump doesn't care. Even as the president lashes out at the series of Russia-related probes besieging his administration, Democrats say Trump has yet to express public concern about the underlying issue with striking implications for America's democracy -- the digital interference campaign that upended last year's presidential race. Instead, Trump tapped a commission led by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate an issue that elections experts call vastly overblown -- voter fraud, something the the president has baselessly alleged resulted in millions of illegal voters casting ballots for Hillary Clinton in November.

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"There doesn't seem to be a recognition of the seriousness of this threat" from Russia, said Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, during a hearing this past week. "We have to hear from the administration how they're going to take that on."

Democrats are coalescing around this narrative amid a series of rattling news reports that have offered the most concrete examples to-date of how vast and dynamic the alleged Russian digital ambush may have been, along with alarmed public comments from current and former U.S. intelligence leaders.

In the past two weeks, The Intercept published what it called a secret NSA document that described an aggressive, Moscow-backed hacking campaign to compromise state election officials, perhaps with the ultimate goal of meddling with votes.

A subsequent Bloomberg report detailed Russian intrusions into 39 state voter databases and software systems, including one instance when hackers tried and failed to delete voter information.

Former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers June 8 that the Russians had "hundreds" and perhaps more than 1,000 targets in their hacking cross hairs during the election. And, he warned, "They'll be back."

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"House Democrats are also fighting against Republican-led efforts to close the Election Assistance Commission, the federal agency created after the Bush v. Gore recount that offers voluntary assistance to states on running elections.

The House Administration Committee earlier this year approved a bill that would shutter the EAC, with supporters arguing it has become outdated. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Brady, the Administration panel's top Democrat, renewed their party's opposition to the closure following the Bloomberg report on the 39 states that Moscow apparently hit.

"Efforts to undermine or eliminate the EAC ought to be put to rest," they said."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-18 01:39 AM | Reply

Voter fraud non existent, Election fraud (Republicans and Russia) very real.

#2 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-18 03:15 PM | Reply

"Voter fraud non existent"

I disagree, slightly: Absentee ballot fraud happens. But absentee ballots usually go for Rs, therefore no attention is paid.

In-person voter fraud, however, is fraught with major obstacles, from logistics to locale. For one, someone would have to go from precinct to precinct, guessing names of folks who hadn't voted and hoping no one knows the person they're impersonating. For another, it's all for slightly more than naught: what good would a handful of fake votes do in Wyoming or California, where the outcome is well-known.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-18 04:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Is he still calling the attack on America by a hostile foreign power a "hoax"?

Treasonous.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-19 10:48 AM | Reply

Is he still calling the attack on America by a hostile foreign power a "hoax"?
Treasonous.

#4 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Of course he is. And the GOP says its okay for him to do that.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-19 12:07 PM | Reply

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