I know that the House Impeachment Hearings officially start today on the Judiciary Committee, and that's big news. And I know that the House Intel Committee released its impeachment findings report yesterday, and that's big news, too. And also big news are the reports about Devin Nunes' far-deeper involvement with Rudy Giuliani than previously known.
But what I thought was the most notable news of the day -- not only on its own merits but also because in many ways it relates directly to the larger picture of impeachment issues for the past three years -- is a story that Salon reported. And because of all the other major news may get very little attention. However, the headline and sub-headline say almost all you need to know;
"Russian-owned company caught trying to hack Ohio voting systems on election day.
Russian intrusion attempts continue to mount as Mitch McConnell blocks much-needed election security reforms."
The attacks were apparently fairly unsophisticated. But as Secretary of State Paul LaRose said, “Some of these unsophisticated attacks are ways that they probe for vulnerabilities. They are poking around for soft spots." Ohio's alert system was able to spot the attacks quickly and block them. LaRose added, “The good guys won that day and the bad guys lost.”
But what's profoundly clear is that Republican efforts to ignore adding security measures for the 2020 election and to continue trying to pass along the Russian misdirection talking point that it was Ukraine that attacked the United States in 2016 all just show how complicit -- unwittingly or otherwise -- Republicans in Congress are to Russian attacks on the country
You can read the full story here.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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