Russian President Putin listens during annual news conference in Moscow
THE DNC SERVER: Multiple U.S. investigations have all concluded that Russia's government was to blame for hacking Democratic Party organizations and leaking stolen emails at politically opportune moments in 2016. Russia has denied involvement, although U.S. investigators even named the Russian officers who were sitting at the keyboard during the breaches. But another view has taken hold in some right-wing websites. In that telling, the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which the Democratic National Committee hired to investigate the hack, falsely accused Russia, and spirited the hacked email servers to Ukraine as part of a coverup. Trump referenced that theory during a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, mentioning CrowdStrike by name, and saying, "The server they say Ukraine has it." CrowdStrike said in a blog post that its finding of Russian involvement was supported by U.S. intelligence and that it never took possession of the hacked servers. "It's not only a conspiracy theory. It is completely debunked," Trump's former homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, said on ABC in September.