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  2. >The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has found that the Kremlin directed a social media campaign in advance of the 2016 elections that “overtly and almost invariably” aimed to help Donald Trump—and that it is still at it.
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    >In a [report](https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report_Volume2.pdf) released Tuesday, the committee endorsed an Intelligence Community assessment issued in the last days of the Obama administration that Russian interference was intended to benefit Trump, a conclusion the president has never accepted. 
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    >The conclusion marks a subtle shift by GOP senators on the committee. In 2017 and since, many have argued Russia aimed primarily to create division in the United States, not to help Trump. In November 2018, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) downplayed the evidence of assistance to Trump, complaining that people “have tried to reduce this entire conversation down to one premise: foreign actors conducted a surgically executed covert operation to help elect a United States president,” adding that “this story does not simplify that easily.” Tuesday’s report still says the IRA’s broader goal of interfering in the 2016 election was to “sow discord in American politics and society.” But the Senate report dispenses with the argument that effort did not also entail support for Trump, detailing the role of the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin backed troll farm, in a campaign designed to benefit his campaign.

    I think this is getting too little attention in the midst of the impeachment/Syria current maelstrom. That Republicans now agree that interference was conducted specifically to help the GOP candidate means the evidence was overwhelming and incontrovertible which should scare the shit out of the rest of us who already figured it was likely so. This makes Moscow Mitch’s refusal to act a coordination with a foreign party to interfere in our future elections. At which point does it become treason – we were attacked and giving aid to an enemy in the face of your own party’s acknowledgement seems pretty fucking serious.

  3. That’s what Mueller said. It’s what every intelligence agency we have said. It’s what the FBI said. It’s what the Democrats said. You know, it’s pretty much what anybody that doesn’t actually want foreign countries meddling in our election said. Unfortunately that obviously does not include our president or his cronies…

  4. from the first line of the report:
    > In 2016, Russian operatives associated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) used social media to conduct an information warfare campaign designed to spread disinformation and **societal division** in the United States.

    We’ve seen data showing trolls from the Internet Research Agency posing as BlackLivesMatter supporters to stir ethnic division also. Russia is playing both sides to polarize the US. It would then follow that they’re also helping boost the ultra-left progressives, knowing that their policies will divide democrats. Be wary of how hard you see Reddit users pushing for Warren and Sanders and question their motives for attacking other Democrats

  5. They say it. They don’t act to combat it, but they say it, so typical GOP bullshit. They act when there is a direct monetary benefit or to fuck over large swaths of the country at a donor’s behest.
    Otherwise, it’s constitution toilet paper.

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