The New York Times has just broken a story reporting that the Russians, in November, hacked into the Ukrainian company that President Trump wanted investigated. Like Trump, they were apparently hoping to find dirt on Vice President Biden, in the cyber world of Burisma, the gas company whose board Hunter Biden served on.
Interesting timing, November. While impeachment hearings were warming up. It seems that certain parties in Russia want Trump to stay in office. There’s a pattern here. First the hack of the Democratic National Committee, to hurt Hillary Clinton. Now this.
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The Times reports that an American security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told it that Russian spies on the ground in Ukraine are also trying to get info on Burisma “to embarrass the Bidens.”
The Times notes Russian efforts to promote conspiracy theories about Ukraine and the Democrats:
The result has been a muddy brew of conspiracy theories that mix facts, like the handful of Ukrainians who openly criticized Mr. Trump’s candidacy, with discredited claims that the D.N.C.’s email server is in Ukraine and that Mr. Biden, as vice president, had corrupt dealings with Ukrainian officials to protect his son. Spread by bots and trolls on social media, and by Russian intelligence officers, the claims resonated with Mr. Trump, who views talk of Russian interference as an attack on his legitimacy.
With Mr. Biden’s emergence as a front-runner for the Democratic nomination last spring, the president latched on to the corruption allegations, and asked that Ukraine investigate the Bidens on his July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The call became central to Mr. Trump’s impeachment last month.
As long as Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has stymied American cyber security efforts, is in charge, the country is screwed on so many fronts.