‘GRAVE THREAT’

Democratic Senators’ Report: Russian Meddling Deepening Across Europe, Threatens the Midterms

Russian meddling in Western democracies throughout Europe is worsening, a new 200-page report released Wednesday by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) warns. The report is the first of its kind from Congress, and it details Russian attempts to undermine governments in 19 European nations following alleged Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,” the report says of President Trump, who has taken little action in the wake of such evidence. The report was not signed by any Republicans. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he commissioned the paper so that American citizens can view for themselves the “true scope and scale” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s work to undermine democracy globally.