When Lindsey Graham first started to be effusive in his praise of Trump, after calling him a “complete idiot” in 2015, there was conjecture that the Russians had hacked the RNC‘s servers as well as the DNC’s in 2016. However, politicians will often change their message whenever it suits them. And I’d rather believe that than that half of Congress is doing Moscow’s bidding.
I do think Trump has been in bed with the Russian mob via Deutsche Bank, which has been found guilty of money laundering in Russia (New Yorker). Also through his sales of properties to Russian oligarchs at inflated prices.
So it wouldn’t surprise me that Russia is helping to re-elect someone who has gone out of his way to remove US asset freezes on Russian oligarchs.
And it also doesn’t surprise me that McConnell would sit on cyber security legislation to protect our election from Russian interference.
At this week’s Presidential debates, Sanders brought up Russian bots as a potential source for some of the trolling that’s been attributed to his supporters.