On Tuesday, the U.S Senate Intelligence Committee issued a new report on Russian interference. The bipartisan report detailed Russian efforts to boost Donald Trump’s White House bid on social media during the 2016 U.S. elections.
This report is the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “second volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election [and] focuses on the social media disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency [IRA]”.
The report matters because it “provides further bipartisan evidence of Russia’s election meddling in 2016, finds “the IRA sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin.”
CBS News reported that the report “warns that the Kremlin-backed information warfare efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election could evolve, intensify and inspire other actors to make similar attempts in 2020.”
The report does not fail to make recommendations on how to deter foreign interference in the 2020 polls. Axios noted that as one of its recommendations, the committee calls on the Trump administration to “reinforce with the public the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election.”