WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees say they have concluded that Russian intelligence agencies are making a "serious and concerted effort" to influence the U.S. presidential election.
A joint statement issued Thursday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than the Obama administration in pointing a finger at Moscow for recent hacking of political computer systems.
The California lawmakers say they believe that orders to conduct such actions could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government. And they called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately halt the activity.
Federal officials are investigating cyberattacks at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Election data systems in at least two states also have been breached.