The Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee could’ve heavily influenced the election. It’s something most Americans were uncomfortable about upon learning the details and, according to the president, not going to be overlooked.
The White House on Thursday (December 29) announced a series of sanctions they’re planning to place on Russia for its influence in the presidential election. They’ve decided to expel 35 Russian intelligence operatives and shut down two Russian intelligence compounds in New York and Maryland. Those facilities are used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes.
“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” President Obama said in a statement.
The sanctions are directly related to Russia’s meddling in the election. The CIA admitted they found concrete instances of hacks into DNC personnel's emails to the release of classified information about Hillary Clinton.
Since the hack news surfaced, President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the hack and suggested that everyone “get on with our lives.” He has though provided his own conspiracy theories about the election and claims millions of people could’ve voted illegally, especially in California, where Clinton won.
Russia has denied all allegations lobbied against them and accused the White House of trying to fan “unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria.”
Read the White House’s full executive order regarding the Russian hacks below.