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Senior Dems Wonder If American Insiders Helped Russia With Hacks

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 01:12 PM

Senior Democrats are wondering if it is possible that Americans could have helped Russia with their hacking campaign in the 2016 election, according to Politico.

Hillary Clinton, as well as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, have speculated that Americans could have helped Russians choose political targets and which information to leak.

"Somebody had to give these people a road map," McAuliffe told Politico.

"One of the things that seems curious is, would the Russians on their own have that level of sophisticated knowledge about the American political system, if they didn't at least get some advice from someone in America?" Warner asked in March.

"The Russians, in my opinion, and based on the intel and counterintel people I've talked to, could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they'd been guided," Clinton said in May at a Recode conference.

Fired FBI Director James Comey during his June testimony said he was sure that investigators would work to determine "if any Americans were part of helping the Russians," Politico reported.

While President Donald Trump has rebuked the investigation, Democrats have said that anyone helping Russia may not have been acting on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Witnesses told Warner that Russians could have acted without American help. "If you do appropriate target audience analysis on social media, you can actually identify an audience in a foreign country or in the United States, parse out all of their preferences," said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, according to Politico.

No evidence has come to light about any Americans working with Moscow. Republicans have said that making such allegations with no evidence is a bad idea, since it could undermine the legitimacy of the Russia probe.

"Maybe they're trying to pin the tail on some donkey here," said Richard Burr, R-N.C., the Senate Intelligence chairman.

Sources familiar with the Russia probe said that congressional investigators are looking into any links between Trump-connected entities Cambridge Analytica and Breitbart News and web personalities in eastern Europe that the U.S. says could be Russian fronts, according to a May report in Time magazine.

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