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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying as we speak before his former colleagues on a Senate Committee today, saying he recused himself from the investigation of Russian influence on the Trump campaign, which he was involved with, but not from defending his honor against what he called "scurrilous attacks."
Edward Isaac Dovere, Washington correspondent for Politico, has more on today's testimony.
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others testify about what they knew and who they talked to, is the basic issue being lost in the political drama? It's reported that Russian hackers gained access to the voting systems of 39 American states during last year's elections. There's no evidence they affected the outcome. But, as the fired FBI Director James Comey warned last week, "They'll be back." What's in store for America's democracy in the future? How does this compare to the long history of US involvement in other countries' elections?
Jonathan Landay, Reuters (@JonathanLanday)
Molly McKew, expert on information warfare (@MollyMcKew)
Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter Institute for Media Studies / Boston Globe (@Indira_L)
Dov Levin, Carnegie-Mellon University
Reuters on Sessions calling his collusion with Russia 'detestable lie'
Landay on political feud over the House Committee's probe of suspected Russian meddling in election
McKew on Russia's war on America
Levin on whether foreign meddling in elections matters
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