Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen reacts to a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee saying that the Russians used virtually every social media platform to boost Trump and attack Clinton during the 2016 election. The report said that African-American voters were specifically targeted by Russian efforts:
REP. STEVE COHEN: Well, it's just dirty tricks and efforts to suppress the vote that have been done by state governments throughout the South. That's why we need to look at reinstating the Voting Rights Act. We have seen it in North Carolina and Georgia and other examples of other states.
What the Russians did was a very well thought out campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency. To tamp down on Hillary Clinton's number one support group, African-Americans, to bolster her number one ideological opponent, Ms. Green. And then to promote Donald Trump. I knew they were doing this. We all knew they were doing it because Mr. Mueller indicted these folks for their actions but we didn't know the extent of it. The massive numbers of tweets and Facebook posts and other social media efforts on YouTube are astounding.
In my opinion, there is no way they didn't influence enough voters to turn the election for Donald Trump.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: You think Donald Trump won because of this Russian operation?
COHN: It's a combination of the Russian operation and Comey's reopening the investigation in the last 10 days or two weeks of the election of Hillary Clinton. He feels terrible about it. I know he thought he was acting in the most appropriate fashion, but he was wrong. The result is, whatever his intent, that plus the Russian activity definitely was what put Hillary Clinton under. She won the popular vote by three million votes, but lost Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania close. The Russian involvement and/or the Comey investigation changed the election.
There was information that there was an e-mail distributed possibly by the Russians that helped cause Comey to go forward because it suggested Loretta Lynch was not actively pursuing the matter, as it was later called, against the Clintons that he thought because of that he needed to go forward and that got the investigation of Comey's involvement into it. There is much information not proving yet as it is still within a classified matter. I'm not privy to that classified information that the Russians might have sent. Nobody who was on the email chain knew anything about it.