2016 ELECTION/POLITICAL FIGURES/RUSSIA/DICK CHENEY: “Former Vice President Dick Cheney says Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election could be interpreted by some as an “act of war.”
‘There was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic processes,’ Cheney said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘In some quarters that would be considered an act of war.’
Cheney’s statement comes at a time when both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees are investigating alleged Russian meddlin in the election that brought President Donald Trump to power.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia conducted a covert hacking operation to undermine the U.S. election process, which evolved into an attempt to help Trump win the White House. They also believe with “a high level of confidence” that Putin became personally involved in the campaign to interfere in the election.
Cheney’s comments came up in the context of him speaking about the changing nature of the U.S. -Russia relationship being a threat to U.S. security and globalization.”
-Petra Cahill, “Dick Cheney: Russian Election Interference Possibly ‘Act of War’,” NBC News, March 28, 2017