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Shannon Vavra Mar 30, 2017
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Expert: Paul Ryan targeted with Russian bots last week

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Clinton Watts, a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute's program on national security, told the Senate Intelligence Committee's public hearing today that his group had observed suspected Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, with ongoing efforts aimed at discrediting American politicians:

QuoteThis past week we observed social media accounts discrediting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, hoping to further foment unrest inside US democratic institutions.

Today's hearing is in two parts — two hours this morning to examine the history of Russian interference in elections, and two hours this afternoon to examine the cyber elements of those interferences.