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This Russian Hacker Could Become A Test Case Of Trump’s Willingness To Fight Russia

Some are worried if the Trump administration will pursue efforts to extradite the Russian hacker, currently being held in the Czech Republic.

Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed News Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — A Russian hacker currently being held in the Czech Republic is being seen as a test case for whether the Trump administration will take a hard line against Russia, as diplomatic backchannels in Washington and Moscow tussle over which government will be granted permission to extradite the hacker.

Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, of Moscow, Russia, was indicted in a Northern California District Court on October 21, 2016 for aggravated identity theft, conspiracy, and hacking the computers of social media companies including LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, which is now defunct.

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Newsom, Faulconer lead hypothetical 2018 field for California governor

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Democrats reluctantly accept James Comey at FBI as Russia inquiries expand

Spencer Ackerman

The director of the FBI has few friends among Capitol Hill Democrats after his high-profile statements about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. But some consider James Comey preferable to any FBI director Donald Trump would appoint, particularly in his weakened political state.

Comey is under significant political pressure. The US justice department’s internal watchdog has opened an inquiry into his decision to publicly discuss, days before the vote, an FBI investigation of Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, in violation of department regulations.

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Intelligence committee led by Californians investigating Russian influence in 2016 election

Sarah Wire

The House Select Intelligence Committee is examining allegations that the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 election, Republican Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement Wednesday.

The two Californians said the committee is looking at Russian cyber activity and "other active measures" directed against the U.S. It also will examine links between Russia and people working for political campaigns as well as the federal response to Russia, including leaks of classified assessments from the intelligence community.

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Swalwell appointed to Judiciary Committee

Also, retains seat on Intelligence Select Committee

Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell recently announced he will join the House Judiciary Committee in addition to continuing to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell Calls for Probe Into Russian Election Hacking

By Carolyn Tyler

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --The Trump administration begins this week and for many a cloud hangs over his presidency because of Russia's meddling in the election process.

East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell spoke with ABC7 News to talk about his call for an investigation into Russia's election hacking and the fact that lawmakers are boycotting Trump's inauguration.

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Hatch, Feinstein, Sensenbrenner, and Swalwell Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Rapid DNA Legislation

By ECT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act. This legislation would establish a system to enable law enforcement officials to use Rapid DNA instruments to help reduce DNA backlogs. Unlike traditional DNA analysis, which can take weeks, Rapid DNA analysis permits processing of DNA samples in approximately 90 minutes or less.

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We need an independent commission on Russia hacking now

The specter of foreign leverage over our incoming president should send a chill down every American’s spine. That’s why we need answers.

By Eric Swalwell

Our democracy was attacked in 2016’s presidential election. Now it’s up to our country’s leaders to name who was responsible, find out how we were so vulnerable, and stand together – as Democrats and Republicans – to show we will do all we can to ensure we are secure going forward.

This attack came without a shot fired or a bomb dropped; instead, America’s longstanding tradition of having free and fair elections was hacked by a foreign actor, with all evidence indicating Russia’s responsibility. The attack was electronic, almost invisible.

But to just chalk this up to information-era antics, or to shrug it off because the attack helped the candidate of your choice, is to deem this behavior acceptable – and to cede control of our future elections to the most aggressive meddlers.

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Democrats call for independent commission to investigate Russian election interference

By Sarah D. Wire, Contact Reporter

House and Senate Democrats are urging colleagues to back the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to study Russian attempts to influence the election.

No Republicans have signed on to the House or Senate legislation to create the commission, but Democrats said they are hoping some colleagues were swayed by Thursday's testimony from three U.S. spy chiefs that the Kremlin’s most senior leaders approved a Russian intelligence operation aimed at interfering in the U.S. presidential race .

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of Dublin, Calif., said the commission would “get to the bottom once and for all as to who was responsible, how we were so vulnerable, and make a promise to the American people, through recommendations, that we will never, ever let this happen again.”

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The Livermore Independent recommends 15th Congressional District - Eric Swalwell

Incumbent Eric Swalwell, a Democrat, is seeking his third term in Congress as the representative of the 15th District, which includes Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin. He is opposed by Republican Danny Turner.

The Independent recommends Swalwell for his response to and interaction with his constituents. He regularly holds town hall meetings and attends a variety of events ranging from parades to workshops with young industry workers.

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