Analysts say Russian Twitter accounts promoted Republican talking points during government shutdown

The White House branded the federal budget impasse, which appeared to be ending on Monday, as the “Schumer Shutdown” in its attempt to pin the blame on Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

But it wasn’t just Republicans using that phrase during the weekend government shutdown. Independent analysts said Twitter accounts linked to Russia have spread the same message.

The website Hamilton 68, which monitors accounts it considers to be part of Russian influence networks, said was the top hashtag over the last two days.

Following close behind was , a reference to a classified document prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes, a Tulare Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

Some Republicans are pushing to make the memo public, saying it reveals corruption in how federal investigators probed President Trump’s campaign for its contacts with Russia. Democrats say the memo distorts facts.



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