The 2016 U.S. election was not the first to be the object of “malicious cyber activity,” President Barack Obama said in a statement Thursday.
Obama said that the White House will issue a report to Congress “in the coming days” that will reveal “Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”
The report will come on the heels of Thursday’s new sanctions against Russia and related U.S.-based entities. The White House also expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to what it called harassment of American diplomats in Moscow. The intelligence community, including the FBI, CIA and some other intelligence officials, have all pinpointed Russian hackers as a source of interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.