Top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made an astute observative about the hack of French presidential candidate Macron’s emails and what it might say about the investigation in Russia and Donald Trump.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Rep. Schiff said:
In our election, and because of the decentralization of our voting system, my gravest fear was not that the Russians would hack the actual voting machines. Most were not online and many have paper trails. Nonetheless, I continue to think that any voter registrar that doesn’t maintain a paper trail is guilty of negligence.
Instead, I worried about the Russians dumping forged documents among the real, or worse still, adding fake paragraphs into real emails. Imagine the impact on an election if hackers inserted false information into a real email that suggested illegality by a candidate, and then published the document. If this was done close to an election, there would be no opportunity to disprove the forgery and who would believe the victim even if they could?
In France with Macron’s campaign, that nightmare scenario may be playing out, with hackers reportedly mixing fake documents in with the real and then dumping them. While we are still awaiting confirmation from French officials that there are indeed forgeries being dumped along with authentic stolen documents, this would represent yet another dangerous escalation of cyber interference in a Western nation’s democracy.
The fact that the MO was the same in both Clinton and Macron hacks connects some dots for members of Congress who are investigating the Russian interference to help Trump in the 2016 election.
Schiff referenced an area of investigation that will be horrible news for Putin and Trump. If US investigators can prove that the added false information into the hacked Clinton and that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to develop and use this false information, it will be a smoking gun that would indicate that the Trump campaign worked with Putin to win the election.
Rep. Schiff was a prosecutor, and he has become the worst nightmare of Putin and Trump because he is using a prosecutor’s mentality to investigate what happened in the 2016 presidential election.
The Russian hack of Macron may end up being one of the big mistakes that help to bring down Trump.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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