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Russia-generated fake news was the main focus as the Senate intelligence committee began its investigation into interference with the 2016 elections in the United States.
“Through the end of 2015 and the start of 2016,” said Clint Watts, a witness for the Thursday morning hearing, “Russian influence system began pushing themes and messages seeking to influence the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s overt media outlets and covert trolls sought to sideline opponents on both sides of the political spectrum with adversarial views toward the Kremlin. They were in full swing during both the Republican and Democratic primary season and may have helped sink the hopes of candidates more hostile to Russian interests long before the field narrowed.”
“Sen. Rubio,” added Watts, “in my opinion, you anecdotally suffered from these efforts.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the committee, was a candidate for the Republican nomination.
Watts is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a former Army officer and FBI special agent.
The entire roster of witnesses — Watts, along with Eugene Rumer of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Roy Godson of Georgetown University — agreed that the Russians didn’t have a preference for any party, but would attempt to help candidates they thought would be favorable toward their policy or easy to corrupt.
They agreed there was no direct tampering with election results.
The U.S. Senate intelligence committee has kicked-off their investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election.
originally posted by: zGrimReapah
a reply to: Stevemagegod
What about Correct the Record... was that not paid political trolls worldwide posting pro hillary and anti trump posts all over the interwebz?
I didn't know Hillary Clinton worked for Vladimir Putin...