President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 US election.
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The White House said on Wednesday it is entertaining a proposal raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin to interrogate Americans in exchange for assistance in the ongoing US investigation into election interference.
CNN's Anderson Cooper breaks down President Trump's claims that he was "very strong" on Russian President Vladimir Putin during their summit behind closed doors in Helsinki, Finland.
According to indictments released last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian intelligence officers successfully breached voter registration databases during the 2016 election. This echoes the Senate Intelligence Committee's findings in a preliminary report on Russian interference in the election, which stated that Russia was "in a position to, at a minimum, alter or delete voter registration data" for a small number of states. The fact that a hostile foreign power had this capability is chilling, as voter registration databases may be our election system's greatest vulnerability.
The White House denied that President Trump doesn't believe Russia is targeting the United States. Press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said she spoke with Trump about his answer earlier during a Cabinet meeting, said the President was declining to answer shouted questions when he said "no" to a question about Russia's current efforts.
The US government is convinced Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the operation was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was designed to help Donald Trump win. The US intelligence community announced these conclusions in a bombshell report in January 2017.