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——— The deal Trump has struck with Putin, the leaders of Iran and North Korea and the leaders who meet with him in Berlin could all be in jeopardy if it falls apart.
That’s according to a new report from The Hill that says it has found evidence that Russian intelligence operatives broke into the DNC computer network in a bid to leak emails to WikiLeaks.
It also says Trump and Putin are working to make the meeting a success, and that Trump and his aides are already discussing what the Russian effort might look like.
Trump has dismissed the report as “fake news” and a “scam” and called it a “phony hit job.”
The House Intelligence Committee, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have also conducted separate investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But none has yet uncovered any evidence that Russia interfered in the election in Trump’s favor.
The report says the Russian operatives may have compromised the DNC system in order to leak the emails, as they have done in previous hacks of other Democratic organizations.
The Russians hacked into a Democratic National Committee server and released a batch of emails from the party’s email server that were published by WikiLeaks.
Some of those emails were embarrassing to the party, and some were critical of Trump.
In this case, however, the Russians may have used the DNC server to leak damaging information about Trump, which would violate the terms of the agreement.
The Hill’s report says that at least one of the Russian intelligence agents was active in the hack of the DNC, which led to the compromise of emails belonging to former U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“It was clear that the Russians were trying to gain access to the DNC’s computer systems and then leak the information to WikiLeaks,” the report said.
“We also believe that one of these operatives was able to gain control of the server’s password reset system, which allowed him to reset the password for the account of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz.”
As part of the deal, Trump agreed to give the Kremlin $400 million to buy military hardware.
The Hill’s investigation found that the Russian spy operation likely broke into a DNC server and stole the emails from it.
This week, a group of Republican lawmakers and a top Democrat urged Trump to abandon the deal and instead put forward a more robust response to Russian interference in last year’s election.
“This deal with Putin is a disaster, and we must find a way to get out of this mess,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement.
“The White House needs to start talking about a real deal that includes Russia.
The House should not be negotiating with a country that has been involved in cyberattacks against our democratic institutions and our democracy.”
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