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Fact-Checkers: Nelson Literally Just Made Up This Russian Hacking Claim

“Making matters worse, Nelson misquoted his own letter from July 2 several times,” the Washington Post wrote.

By NTK Staff | 08.17.2018 @11:00am
Fact-Checkers: Nelson Literally Just Made Up This Russian Hacking Claim

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) made national news last week when he made inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims about Russian hackers infiltrating Florida’s “election apparatus.”

Nelson repeatedly claimed that “the Russians are in the records,” and warned that all they needed to do to is start eliminating records to meddle with the 2018 midterms. Here’s what he told the Tampa Bay Times on August 8:

“… We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let the supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records. … Two senators — bipartisan — reached out to the election apparatus in Florida to let them know that the Russians are in the records, and all they have to do, if those election records are not protected, is to go in and start eliminating registered voters.”

While it’s true that Nelson, along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), sent a letter to Florida’s 67 county supervisors of elections, Nelson repeatedly misquoted the letter and mischaracterized the intent behind it, according to fact-checkers at the Washington Post.

He has said repeatedly and unequivocally since Aug. 7 that Russia currently has access to election systems in Florida and could eliminate individual voters’ records. This is far more alarming and detailed than the warning in Nelson and Rubio’s joint letter.

When asked by a Times reporter which files the Russians have access to, Nelson responded, “That’s classified.” The fact-checkers rip this excuse to shreds:

Not a single speck of evidence backs him up, and we have serious doubts whether the classified information he cited even exists.

They go on to mention the fact that “Nelson misquoted his own letter” on numerous occasions, and that the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and vice chairman, Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), along with the Department of Homeland Security, all dispute Nelson’s claims about an ongoing breach.

The Post gave Nelson its harshest rebuke for badly distorting the facts: four Pinocchios.

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