Russian is first to be charged with meddling in 2018 midterm elections

U.S. Charges Russian for Conspiracy to Interfere in ElectionsMore

The indictment was released as the head of the USA intelligence community issued an official warning of interference by China, Iran, and Russian Federation in the upcoming election in a possible reprise of the Moscow-tainted presidential campaign of 2016.

Federal authorities have charged a Russian woman for allegedly taking part in a Russian plot to interfere in the upcoming 2018 midterms elections and other politically-charged events inside the United States, the DOJ announced, October 19, 2018.

Investigating Russian interference in USA elections has largely been the purview of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III - though his probe is focused on the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.

The Justice Department disclosed the criminal complaint soon after USA intelligence agencies said in a joint statement that they were concerned about efforts by Russia, China and Iran to influence US voters and policy.

Concord Management, Concord Catering and the oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin were named as defendants in Mueller's indictment, and Concord Management has hired American lawyers who are fighting the case in court. Another fake Facebook account, in the name of "Rachell Edison", made more than 700 posts focused on gun control and the Second Amendment.

McCain, a longtime foe of Putin's, died in August of brain cancer.

The conclusion reached by Americans spymasters led the US Department of Justice to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to investigate foreign attempts to influence the US electoral system.

"Special Prosecutor Mueller is a puppet of the establishment".

Trump, who at a news conference in Helsinki in July with Putin cast doubt on his own intelligence agencies' findings that Russian Federation had meddled with the 2016 election, dismissed the latest charge against Russian Federation as unrelated to him.

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A senior Homeland Security official said on Friday that no state voting system had been successfully hacked ahead of the November elections.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said his country has no intention to interfere in the midterm elections in the USA or meddle elsewhere.

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But top administration officials have provided little evidence that China's activities are comparable to Russia's massive covert measures spelled out in previous indictments obtained by Mueller.

Influence operations from those nations include use of social media to amplify divisive issues, seeding disinformation about political candidates and sponsoring content in English-language media, four intelligence and law enforcement agencies said in a joint statement.

The statement takes the opportunity to thank "state and local officials for their vigilance and proactive approach". He has been hit with sanctions by the U.S. government.

Lawmakers said the newest criminal complaint is proof that Russian meddling did not stop in 2016.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said Congress needs to set up "much-needed guardrails" on social media.

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