Don’t Lose Sight of the Russian Threat to American Democracy

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It has now been 18 months since the November 2016 presidential election, during which the U.S. intelligence community believes Russia acted not only to interfere with U.S. elections, but with clear preference for one of the candidates. However, Washington and many of America’s leaders are still not on the same page regarding both the facts and what to do in response.

On January 7, 2017, the U.S. intelligence community assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered an influence campaign…aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

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