Transition 2016

Obama Administration Announces Sanctions For Russian Election Interference

By Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic
Thursday, December 29, 2016, 2:46 PM

As expected, the Obama Administration today announced some of its response to Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The New York Times reports:

The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, including four top officers of the military intelligence unit the White House believes ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

In a sweeping set of announcements, the United States was also expected to release evidence linking the cyberattacks to computer systems used by Russian intelligence. Taken together, the actions would amount to the strongest American response ever taken to a state-sponsored cyberattack aimed at the United States.

The executive order announcing the sanctions is included below and can also be found here.


The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have also released their joint report on Russian election interference, which is available here and below.