Kremlin bashes Senate Dems' report accusing Russian Federation of election meddling

Ivanka Trump listens as her father President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Rep. Adam Schiff the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee said Thursday Jan. 11 20

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"It's a factor that has changed digital communications in recent years, not just in Germany but in many European countries and certainly also in the United States", he told reporters in Berlin. The offices of several other Republicans on the committee did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The US has the muscle power to lead a global fight against Russian Federation, but has so far ignored the "international threat" and instead proposed cuts to dedicated strategic operations, the report said.

According to a Washington Post report last month, the president has yet to hold a cabinet-level meeting about the campaign Russian Federation ran in the United States during the 2016 election.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the committee, commissioned the January 10 report shortly after the 2016 election, when several US intelligence agencies concluded that a Russian intelligence influence operation approved at the highest levels had tried to sway the election in Trump's favor through disinformation, fake social media accounts and cyberattacks that targeted the Democratic Party.

Russian Federation also has rejected allegations of interfering with European elections.

Russian Federation has interfered in the politics, governments and affairs of 19 countries for at least two decades, according to a newly released report by U.S. Senate Democrats.

Members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee in November released several Kremlin-backed Facebook and Instagram ads that were paid for by Russian Federation.

The report includes more than 30 recommendations, including calling on Trump to declare it is USA policy to deter all forms of Russian hybrid threats and creating an inter-agency fusion cell, similar to the National Counterterrorism Center, to coordinate US policy in responding to Russian efforts.

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The president, she said , has been following the topic and "wanted to put something out". At minimum, Trump was sending mixed signals.

The report calls for Trump to establish a high-level inter-agency group to coordinate US policy in response to the Russian government's operations. Senior Democratic Senator Ben Cardin attacked Trump for having "barely acknowledged the threat posed by Putin's repeated attacks on democratic governments and institutions".

Releasing the report comes roughly a year after intelligence agencies began to agree Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

Harrington, who determined economic sanctions on Russian Federation as being detrimental to the US, thought of relocating or withdrawing the USA forces in the Baltics in a move to please the Kremlin and as a result, allow Trump administration to determine if Russian Federation would cooperate in building an amicable relationship.

"If the United States fails to work with urgency to address this complex and growing threat, the regime in Moscow will become further emboldened", the report says.

Instead he should build a strategy for "education ministries, civil society, and independent news organisations" to front the defence against Russian interference. "It will continue to develop and refine its arsenal to use on democracies around the world, including against USA elections in 2018 and 2020".

He accuses Putin of "relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States".

The efforts would include "new sanctions to punish states that initiate cyberattacks on elections or critical infrastructure, an worldwide summit meeting centered on such threats, an allied commitment of mutual defense against cyberattacks, as well as forcing social media companies to disclose the sources of funding for political ads", The New York Times reported.

The Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Sen. Spain has led Europe in cracking down on Russian-based organized crime groups.

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