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Still Spinning: TOP DEMOCRATS SAY THEY’VE CONCLUDED THAT RUSSIA BEHIND HACKS

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday that they have concluded that Russian intelligence agencies are making a “serious and concerted effort” to influence the U.S. presidential election.

A joint statement issued by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than the Obama administration in pointing a finger at Moscow for recent hacking of political computer systems.

Federal officials are investigating cyberattacks at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Election data systems in at least two states also have been breached.

“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election,” the two lawmakers from California said. “At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election. We can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.” – READ MORE

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