Donald Trump and most of his Republican colleagues don’t seem too concerned about Russia meddling in our presidential election — and that they will interfere in the midterm elections in November. They’re not even trying to hide their allegiance to Russia anymore. Even Rand Paul just admitted that he hand-delivered a letter from Trump to his BFF, Vladimir Putin.
But, things just got even more serious after Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) revealed on Wednesday that Russian operatives have “penetrated” some of his state’s election systems ahead of the 2018 midterms, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” Nelson told the Florida newspaper. One day earlier he said something similar but declined to elaborate because it was “classified” so he obviously has more information on Russia’s attack on Florida’s election systems.
Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), wrote a letter last month to the 67 county election supervisors to warn about potential threats.
“County election boards should not be expected to stand alone against a hostile foreign government,” the lawmakers said in recommending “a wide range of services” from DHS to strengthen security.
“We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records,” Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times.
“This is no-fooling time,” he told the paper.
Nelson’s allegation was confirmed by two county officials, who said that they heard a similar account at a private meeting with Marco Rubio in May.
In February, the U.S. official who is in charge of protecting American elections from hacking reportedly said that the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Unfortunately, instead of doing something about Russia’s interference, Republicans have been playing footsie with the hostile foreign government’s officials. A group of Republicans even spent Independence Day in Russia. There was a time not so long ago when Republicans put country over party.
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