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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question as he meets with the media after the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center at the Yanqi Lake venue on the outskirts of Beijing in China, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian hackers reportedly breached voter databases and software systems in 39 states


Russian interference in the 2016 election was more widespread than has been reported and included break-ins to voter databases and software systems in nearly twice as many states as was initially believed, Bloomberg reported, citing three people with knowledge of the U.S. investigation.

Thirty-nine states experienced breaches before the 2016 elections. The Intercept recently leaked a classified NSA document that detailed Russia's interference in past U.S. elections, leaving many concerned about what will happen in the future.

“They’re coming after America,” fired FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the election. “They will be back.” 

Russian government officials have publicly denied a role in cyberattacks against the U.S. elections, but the Obama White House provided Russia with evidence to the contrary. The administration's efforts to de-escalate the conflict -- including a through a "red phone," which was not actually a phone but a secure messaging channel -- fell flat.

Senate leaders struck an agreement Monday to implement additional sanctions on Russia that would be difficult for Trump to lift. The proposal from the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committee is backed by the panel's top Democrats and Republicans and would require a congressional review process if the Trump administration were to ease current sanctions on Russia. 

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the top Democrat on the committee, said he would be "very, very surprised if the President vetoes this bill," but added that Trump "has surprised me on a lot of things."

"We haven't passed a bill," Cardin said, "[but] I find as we get to the finish line on these bills, every administration generally joins us... so I think we'll have the support of the administration. I'm confident about that."

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