Donald Trump will expand powers in the fight against Russia
The US President will be able to impose sanctions for interfering in American elections.
The white house has prepared a document that will allow the President of the United States Donald Trump personally to impose sanctions against foreigners for meddling in the election. About this newspaper The Washington Post (WP). Under the bill, Donald trump, at its discretion, can impose sanctions on 10 companies of the 30 largest in the country, whose authorities interfered in the elections. According to the publication, is “the latest attempt of the presidential administration to show serious attitude to the fight with the Russian hacker attacks and misinformation.”
The eight-page document, seen by the journalists of WP, should be the response to critics of Donald trump, who believe that the President is “more confidence in the assertions of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin about non-interference in elections than the conclusions of the intelligence services of the United States that the Kremlin tried to influence the election of 2016”.
The bill lists the offences for which the President can impose sanctions. They all relate to interference in elections. In particular, we are talking about misinformation on the Internet. According to the document, Donald trump, at its discretion, can impose sanctions on 10 companies of the 30 largest in the country, whose authorities interfered in the elections.
The WP sources in the White house, however, stressed that so far has developed only a preliminary version of the document, and it may change.
The document repeats the conclusion made by the Committee on intelligence of the Senate and house of representatives of the United States, according to which Russia could affect the outcome of the vote during the presidential elections in 2016.
We will remind, in may of this year, the intelligence Committee of the U.S. Senate came to the conclusion that hackers from Russia tried to hack the electoral infrastructure in at least 18 of the 50 U.S. States. In several cases, Russia has managed to access elements of the electoral infrastructure, with the help of which you can change or remove some data, but it was impossible “to manipulate the votes of certain voters or the General results of voting.”
As you approach the November elections in the U.S. Congress, American politicians are increasingly expressing concern about possible Russian intervention. The last of such applications is Wednesday did democratic Senator from Florida bill Nelson. He said that Russian hackers broke into the election system of his state on the eve of the November elections. According to him, attackers can change or delete the data registered in the users system. In this case, on election day many voters can’t vote.
“Imagine the chaos that will happen on voting day when voters will go to the polls and be told: “Sorry, Mr. Smith, I’m sorry, Mr. Jones, you are not registered”. That’s what I want to achieve Russian!” — told the Senator edition of the Tampa Bay Times.
The publication notes that Mr. Nelson declined to name specific districts in which the electoral system was attacked by hackers. The local authorities of the state claim not to have received from bill Nelson no evidence of his words. Earlier, the Senator, along with Republican colleague Marco Rubio, also from Florida, have warned responsible for the counting of votes in 67 counties about the possible threat. However, in their letter also cited specific data.
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