Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer demanded at least $300 million in funds to help the FBI and Department of Homeland Security clamp down on Russian election interference; saying the money would help the US “adequately respond” to foreign meddling.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi requested the increased funding in written statement to Speaker Paul Ryan; urging the GOP-controlled Congress to boost the government’s defenses against cyber intrusions.
“In order to ensure our nation’s premier law enforcement agency can adequately respond to this threat, we urge you to support a $300 million increase in the Bureau’s 2018 budget request,” said the statement.
“We have Russian operatives flooding our social media platforms with misinformation. We need both the resources and manpower to expose and counter them and other hostile foreign actors,” Schumer added Wednesday.
The liberal call for increased funds come as special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals late last week; accusing the foreign agents of wreaking havoc on social media ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
BREAKING: Robert Mueller INDICTS 13 RUSSIANS for Election Interference
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals and three “entities” in his ongoing probe of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election; making the charges the latest developments in his months-long investigation into Russian “meddling.”
The publicly available indictment says the foreign actors sought to “defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the US political and electoral process, including the presidential election of 2016.”
The announcement also specifies that three Russian nationals are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, with five facing charges of “aggravated identity theft.”
More information as it becomes available.
BUSTED: NBC News Claims RUSSIANS PENETRATED Voter Rolls, State Officials DISAGREE
NBC News found itself in hot-water Thursday afternoon after publishing a misleading headline that stated Russians had “penetrated” US voter rolls during the 2016 election; prompting a fierce backlash from Secretaries of State from across the country.
The left-leaning news outlet published an article on Thursday titled, “Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems,” claiming that “Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.”
“We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated,” an official at the DHS told NBC News.
The article was quickly rebuked by the National Association of Secretaries of State, saying “We are still only aware of one state voter registration system that was penetrated and that office made a public statement at the time.
“It is also important to note that some of the 21 states notified discovered it was not their election networks that were targeted or scanned, but other networks in the state and non-election related websites. To be clear, a scan is not a hack,” the statement adds.