The Department of Homeland Security notified states on Friday that hackers targeted their election infrastructure ahead of the 2016 election.
“As part of our ongoing information sharing efforts, today DHS notified the Secretary of State or other chief election officer in each state of any potential targeting we were aware of in their state leading up to the 2016 election,” DHS spokesman Scott McConnell said. “We will continue to keep this information confidential and defer to each state whether it wishes to make it public or not.”
Source: DHS alerts states targeted by election hacking attempts – CNNPolitics
On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.
Source: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New… — ProPublica
On March 4 of this year, Donald Trump tweeted that during the campaign then president Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower and equated it to McCarthyism and Watergate. The claim received a “false” rating. Recently, evidence has come to light that Paul Manafort was the subject of a wiretap and some have claimed that this vindicates Trump.
After months of denial by the Trump team about communication with Russia during the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed he met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Would such a meeting be illegal? Most experts we talked to said at the very least it raises serious concerns about whether U.S. federal election law was broken. But they also cautioned that the factual record is still developing.
Source: What legal experts say about Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer | PolitiFact
President Donald Trump, speaking in Poland July 6, downplayed the strength of the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election to his benefit.
He justified his doubt by noting that the New York Times and the Associated Press recently corrected stories to clarify that four agencies, rather than 17, were directly involved in the January intelligence assessment about Russia’s interference in the election.
Source: 17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid | PolitiFact
On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump made some questionable claims about the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked into U.S. political organizations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election:
Source: Trump Misleads on Russia Hacking – FactCheck.org
A consulting firm led by Paul Manafort, who chaired Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for several months last year, retroactively filed forms Tuesday showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014.
Source: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort files as foreign agent for Ukraine work