Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on Monday.
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July 16, 2018

Trump Press Conference With Putin Sparks Bipartisan Ire

President Trump's effort to reset relations with Russia backfired at home, when he failed to side with U.S. intelligence over Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. The president's equivocation drew bipartisan condemnation, capping a week in which Trump alienated allies and cozied up to adversaries.

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The Springfield offices of the Illinois State Board of Elections on July 13, 2018.
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July 13, 2018

Russia Indictments Likely Cover Illinois Hack, State Official Says

There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

The indictment accuses Russian military intelligence of hacking the website of an unnamed state board of elections, identified only as “SBOE 1.”

"We think it’s very likely that we are ‘SBOE number 1,’” says Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The indictment says Russians officers allegedly stole personal information on voters, including names, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.

Dietrich says that’s what was taken in Illinois: “Based on the circumstances described in the indictment, we think it’s pretty likely that that’s us."

He says the state has come a long way toward improving cybersecurity.

“We are doing everything we possibly can to make sure that this does not happen again,” Dietrich says. Then again, “I think every entity — Sony, Target, Equifax, and so forth and so on — they’ve all felt the same way. Until it happens.”

The indictment also alleges Russian intelligence leased a computer in Illinois, and used it to store stolen documents from the Democratic National and Congressional Campaign committees.

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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then-national security adviser, arrives to a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 22.
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December 01, 2017

Michael Flynn Sr. Expected To Plead Guilty To Lying To FBI

The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged retired lieutenant general and former national security adviser Michael Flynn with making false statements to the FBI, according to a criminal information filed by the special counsel. Flynn is expected in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning when he is expected to plead guilty to a single charge of making statements.

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