07 Aug '18, 8pm

Mattis says Russia sanctioned 2016 election meddling, outlines protections for midterms

Mattis says Russia sanctioned 2016 election meddling, outlines protections for midterms

Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election were sanctioned by the Russian government, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, as he outlined steps the military is taking to protect the 2018 midterms. “We all saw what happened in 2016 when the Russians, and possibly others, but the Russians for certain tried to do both influence operations and actually get in and corrupt some of the election process,” Mattis told reporters Tuesday during a Pentagon ceremony for British Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson. Moreso, in line with what the intelligence community has concluded, Mattis said: “I believe it is official Russian support" for the meddling. “However, that is not exclusive. There’s also other activities that went on that perhaps are not directly ascribed to the official Russia. But we watch for all of it and we can trace at least parts of it back to th...

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