Russia is again trying to manipulate the election of the US president in November, according to US intelligence agencies, with the aim of helping Donald Trump to be re-elected. The New York Times and the Washington Post and the CNN broadcaster reported that intelligence officials had told the House of Representatives in a confidential meeting. A spokesman for the intelligence agency initially only confirmed that the hearing last week was indeed about "the integrity" of the November presidential election. The AP news agency confirmed two government officials.
According to the US secret services, Russia had already interfered in the election campaign in 2016 in favor of the Republican candidate Trump. The president denies this. The suspicion of a cooperation between Trump's campaign and the government in Moscow had led to an investigation by Russian special investigator Robert Mueller after the election.
Hacker attacks, social media, manipulation of elections
According to media reports, the intelligence agency's new findings suggest that Russia wants to interfere in both the Democratic primary and the presidential election this year - through hacking, instrumentalizing social media, and manipulating the election process. However, it remained unclear what evidence was presented to MPs for this. Some of the Republican parliamentarians are said to have questioned the credibility of the intelligence agency's findings.
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Trump wanted to prevent Parliament's confidential disclosure, according to reports, so as not to give the Democrats campaign arguments against him. Should this be the case, the chairman of the Secret Service Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, said the president has sabotaged efforts to prevent any foreign interference in the election. "He's doing exactly what we warned about," Schiff wrote on Twitter. He was apparently alluding to the impeachment proceedings against Trump, in which the Democrats had accused him of compelling Ukraine to help him vote.
"Russia is interfering again so that Trump is elected"
One of the applicants for the Democratic presidential candidacy, Senator Elizabeth Warren, accused Trump of undermining "the integrity of our democracy." "Russia is back in our elections to get Trump elected," she wrote on Twitter.
During the investigation by special investigator Robert Mueller, it was checked whether there were secret agreements between the Trump camp and Russia in the 2016 presidential election campaign - and whether Trump hindered the judiciary in the following investigation. Mueller found no evidence for the first point in his final report presented in March 2019, leaving the second open. At the same time, he emphasized that he was not relieving Trump of the allegation of legal disability. Trump has always rejected the allegations and spoke of a "witch hunt".