Twitter reacts as you would expect to news of the Treasury Department imposing sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 elections and ongoing cyber attacks: “Is kompromat on Donald Trump coming?”

According to a press release from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, “five Russian entities and 19 Russian citizens with sanctions for cyber activity, including their interference in the 2016 election.”

“The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.  Treasury intends to impose additional CAATSA sanctions, informed by our intelligence community, to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the U.S. financial system.”

Today’s action counters Russia’s continuing destabilizing activities, ranging from interference in the 2016 U.S. election to conducting destructive cyber-attacks, including the NotPetya attack, a cyber-attack attributed to the Russian military on February 15, 2018 in statements released by the White House and the British Government.  This cyber-attack was the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history.  The attack resulted in billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the United States, and significantly disrupted global shipping, trade, and the production of medicines.  Additionally, several hospitals in the United States were unable to create electronic records for more than a week.

I have to wonder what Trump knows about this and if he gave the Russians time to come up with a strategy to mitigate the effects of the sanctions. I mean, even Putin’s chef, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, is among the people sanctioned, plus some of the same people special counsel Robert Mueller indicted.

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