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Senate Intel Committee probed Ukraine theory, found no evidence to support

Republican lawmakers like Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., of late may have been pushing the narrative that Ukraine significantly interfered in the 2016 presidential election but a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the widely debunked theory without merit. At one point during its investigation into election meddling and any collusion by either campaign, the…

Hill warns lawmakers not to spread Ukraine election interference narrative pushed by Russia

Just a day after the Trump administration’s former top Russian expert testifying in an impeachment hearing took GOP lawmakers to task for spreading “a fictional narrative” about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a new report revealed that senators and their aides recently were told by U.S. intelligence officials that the tale was…

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…

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Gates: Stone discussed WikiLeaks DNC email dump with Trump

A day before House impeachment hearings drew President Trump’s Ukraine policies into the spotlight, prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial ended their case with testimony from former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager and convicted felon Rick Gates, who said that Stone served as a liaison between WikiLeaks and the campaign regarding hacked DNC emails, with the…

Roger Stone lied to House Intel Committee, beseeched WikiLeaks for dirt on Clinton, prosecutor says

In the opening day of the trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone, prosecutors said texts, emails and phone calls will show that Stone was in touch with President Trump on the day the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked by Russian operatives. The prosecution also said Stone attempted to procure emails stolen from Democrats and…

Steyer aide resigns after accessing volunteer data collected by Harris campaign

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign said it doesn’t possess the volunteer voter data collected by Sen. Kamala Harris’s campaign that was lifted by Steyer aide Dwane Sims, who accessed the information via an account he had while working with the South Carolina Democratic Party. “We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we…

Facebook moves to protect elections by flagging content from state-run media

Facebook might have decided to leave it up to the public whether political ads are truthful – or not – but the social media giant said it’s diligently trying to identify and flag content from media outlets run by nation-states to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election when Russia and other countries leveraged its…

SHIELD Act passes committee

The Committee on House Administration passed the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act intended to close loopholes in foreign spending in U.S. elections as well as improve disclosure and transparency rules. “The SHIELD Act closes gaps in the law that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to launder money into…

Dems’ SHIELD Act would protect elections, close loopholes on foreign spending

Legislation introduced by House Democrats aims to close loopholes on foreign spending in the U.S. political campaigns to curb election interference. In addition to addressing campaign finance loopholes, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairperson of the Committee on House Administration, includes a…

Voting equipment vendors seek info on vulnerability disclosure program

The nation’s top voting equipment vendors reportedly are issuing a request for information (RFI) this week on building a vulnerability disclosure program (VDP) to bolster election security. Noting vulnerability disclosure is critical to finding and fixing software bugs, Casey Ellis, CTO and founder of Bugcrowd, said, “In a climate where most voters share the concern…

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