In July, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced stinging indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers for their involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Convention and the Clinton campaign in 2016.
Countermeasures against Russia—including a rigorous sanctions regime and robust security measures—has been the subject of fierce debate since Trump was elected president. Over the summer, House Republicans stunningly voted down a measure to increase election security spending to prevent Russia from interfering in the next election.
“The American people are watching,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois who supported the bill, before the vote was cast. “We must ensure that we—unlike our president—are on the right side of history at this pivotal moment in our democracy.”