Senate committee finds Trump campaign welcomed Russian hacking help - 2020-08-18
In June 2016, shortly after a leak of stolen documents tied to the Democratic National Committee, a Trump campaign staffer asked higher-ups if election rules prevented the campaign from obtaining material that had been hacked and published online. John Marshburn, the campaign's policy director in 2016, responded: "I don't see a problem. Just like WikiLeaks material."
That exchange, detailed Tuesday in a 966-page report on Russia's 2016 presidential election interference, from the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reflected the Trump campaign's willingness to use hacked documents during the contest for the White House against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The report highlights multiple instances where the Trump campaign promoted stolen material provided by Russian hackers, even after the US intelligence community warned that the data came from the Kremlin. It also showed a coordinated effort between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, an organization that publicly released many of the documents stolen by Russian hackers.