COVID-19 Fuels Rise in East-West Cyberwarfare

Despite indictments, Russian saboteurs–some linked to the Russian military–have targeted millions of employees of major U.S. firms in a new escalation of East-West cyberwarfare. Chinese and North Korean hackers are also becoming a distributor of “weaponized” social media, according to security experts.

Barr to Examine Beginning of 2016 Russia Probe

Attorney General William Barr has formed a team to look at the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The issue has been a longstanding grievance among Republicans who allege law enforcement officials and prosecutors abused their authority at the start of the investigation.

Comey to Testify, Transcript Out in 24 Hours

Former FBI director James Comey agreed to testify to House members behind closed doors about investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and whether President Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 election. Republicans will release a transcript within 24 hours.

Inauguration Day Charges Dropped Against 129

The U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., is dropping charges against 129 people accused of rioting on President Trump’s inauguration day, Prosecutors made the decision after a jury found the first six defendants to stand trial not guilty. The government said it would focus on a “smaller, core group” of 59 defendants.

Kansas’ Kobach Files Criminal Charges in Voter Cases

After President Trump dismantled a voter fraud commission, its vice-chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, filed criminal charges against two people he says voted illegally in the 2016 election. Kobach obtained prosecutorial power in 2015 and is the only secretary of state in the nation with such authority. He has filed charges against 15 others–mostly cases in which U.S. citizens allegedly voted in more than one jurisdiction.