Senate Dems Outline Russia's Worldwide Political Interference In New Report

Glenn R. Simpson co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif

Trump's Aide Advised to Cut US Presence Near Russian Borders in 2017- Reports

A senior US National Security Council official early a year ago recommended US President Donald Trump to reduce US military presence in Eastern Europe as an overture to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, citing two former administration officials.

Senate Democrats warned that Russian Federation has been interfering with European democracies and hammered the Trump administration for failing to take steps to prevent foreign meddling in USA politics.

Peskov told reporters that while Russia wants to work toward good relations between Moscow and Washington, the congressional report would contribute to the "anti-Russian" sentiment in the us, which is harmful to the United States, "when this becomes a fixed idea, this does not create comfortable conditions for normal development and life".

"When it grows into an obsession, it doesn't create comfortable conditions for normal social development and life", he said. And it adds a crucial caveat, given President Donald Trump's repeated refusal to acknowledge US intelligence assessments that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. "And remind once again that so far all these fears, all these accusations of our country in the interference have had no grounds and have been absolutely unfounded", Peskov said.

The report does not delve into the details of the 2016 US elections but outlines the ways in which Russian Federation has attempted to interfere in other countries' politics over the past two decades, from the Baltics to Ukraine to the Balkans, and makes recommendations for the United States to act with an eye to the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Asked whether the U.S.is doing enough to combat it, Mahjoubi said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that "the US and Facebook have already joined the worldwide community talking about this subject, and what happened during the American election and the French election and other European elections".

The report accuses Putin of leading two decades worth of election meddling across the globe.

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During a trip to Asia last November, where he met with Russian President Putin, Trump told reporters that he was exhausted of bringing the subject up with Russia's leader.

By taking the side of a hostile foreign power trying to sabotage our elections, by doing nothing to prevent future attacks, giving Russian Federation a blank check to interfere in our elections in the future, Trump is colluding with Putin this very moment.

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Instead he should build a strategy for "education ministries, civil society, and independent news organisations" to front the defence against Russian interference. The best piece of evidence we have that Trump colluded with Russian Federation in 2016 is that he is colluding with them now.

At that time, there was another Congressional hearing where Facebook, Inc., testified that the Russian ads likely made it to the news feeds of about 126 million people over a two-year period - roughly 40 percent of the US population.

The former official, who spoke to the Daily Beast under the condition of anonymity, said that Harrington's idea was ill-advised and that the Kremlin would rather perceive the move as a go-ahead from the US for additional provocations in areas like Syria and Ukraine.

Mahjoubi didn't mention specific measures against Russia, but Macron earlier has accused Russian state-funded RT television and Sputnik news agency of propagating lies about him during last year's presidential campaign.

France was praised in Cardin's report for concerted government efforts to prevent hacking and other outside intervention in the 2017 French presidential campaign.

Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the leader of the nationalist LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, as saying USA authorities "specifically want to play dirty tricks in front of the Russian Embassy".

The White House did not immediately provide a comment on the matter after The Daily Beast's request.

"It is hard to assess what the consequences will be, but we have seen how Russian Federation has financed pro-Moscow groups, for instance right-wing groups", he said.

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