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Dem, GOP Reps Ask FBI About 'Foreign Adversaries' Creating Fake Vets Accounts

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Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, D-Calif. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:57 PM

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the FBI about news reports that suggest "foreign adversaries," a list that includes Russia, have created social media pages for fake veterans groups in an effort to target past and present members of the United States military.

Reps. Gilbert Cisneros, D-Calif., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., wrote a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray asking if the bureau is looking into the claims.

They cited stories in the media and studies that found evidence of the practice by Russia and other foreign nations.

"As a Navy Veteran, it's troubling to see that foreign actors are distributing false information to our service members and their families, impersonating congressionally chartered [veteran service organizations], and deceiving the American people," Cisneros said in a press release.

"Our service members safeguard our country against threats to our democracy like the ones posed by these bad actors, and now it's time to safeguard our veterans and their families."

The congressmen asked Wray if the FBI is aware of the reports, if it has looked into them, and if it would be willing to meet with veterans groups.

"It is clear the FBI has a strong role to play in protecting our nation's veterans against these egregious attacks," the letter reads.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the FBI about news reports that suggest "foreign adversaries," a list that includes Russia, have created social media pages for fake veterans groups in an effort to target past and present members of the United States military.
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