Political scientists and historians will probably be studying the “what if’s” of the election of 2016 for decades — less than 80,000 votes in three states determined the outcome — debating the impact of Russian intervention, James Comey and the FBI, the role of social media and cable television — as well as factors or disclosures that are to date not well known. This debate will grow as the long-term impact of the Trump administration becomes apparent.
- The Senate’s ‘Grave’ Russia Report: What We Learned and What It Means, in the Washington Post, August 2020. A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election “raises plenty of new questions about that effort’s links to the Trump campaign.” It “called an associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort a “Russian intelligence officer” and said the increasing contact between the two of them during the 2016 election constituted a “a grave counterintelligence threat.” It also called Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos a “prime intelligence target … for malign Russian influence,” while clearing him of knowing wrongdoing….Manafort (who was pardoned by Trump in December 2020) repeatedly lied about it so much and his interactions with the Russian intelligence officer remain hidden…Just because an investigation doesn’t prove a crime doesn’t mean the investigation itself was invalid. A Justice Department inspector general found the investigation was properly predicated, and the Senate report only added meat to that bone…imagine a world in which that Senate report was the first thing that landed. At the least, it reinforced how serious all of this was — and from a GOP-controlled chamber of Congress, no less. In many ways, this was the most significant and thorough Russia investigation of them all. And it’s one that shouldn’t be so quickly cast aside.”
- How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump: “A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive,” by Jane Meyer in The New Yorker.
- The Plot to Subvert An Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far, in the NYT.
- Did Obama and the FBI illegally spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign, as Trump claimed. Politifact ruled the assertion false, and explained why.
- 10 Suspicions of a Hacked Election.
- What If Hillary Clinton Won the 2016 Election?