The story line is familiar, and it is not going away: Russia deliberately interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the purpose of undermining Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming the 45th president.
The man who did win the election maintains that the story is bogus. But Donald Trump also is quick to say that neither he nor anyone in his campaign was involved in anything the Russians might have done. In one response to a question from a television reporter, he said on seven different occasions that there was no collusion between his campaign and anyone in Russia.
The president also insists that Democrats are beating the proverbial dead horse, if for no other reason, than to embolden their base.
But as the Associated Press reports, Democratic politicians say the U.S. election was not a one-off for the Russians.
No Republicans on the committee signed on to the 200-plus page report released by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland. But even without GOP backing, the report’s recounting of Russian operations in 19 European nations foreshadows the still-unpublished Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan inquiry into Russia’s role during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Cardin said in a statement that he commissioned the report so Americans can see the “true scope and scale” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to undermine democracy.
“While President Trump stands practically idle, Mr. Putin continues to refine his asymmetric arsenal and look for future opportunities to disrupt governance and erode support for the democratic and international institutions that the United States and Europe have built over the last 70 years,” Cardin said.