The just-released redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller mentions a Twitter account set up by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency influencing operation that purported to be the "Unofficial Twitter of Tennessee Republicans."
An examination of the U.S. Department of Justice report, which notes that "dozens" of IRA employees created accounts on various U.S. social media platforms, called out @TEN_GOP as one of those accounts.
That account included posts appearing to endorse the state political party, according to the Mueller report.
"In certain cases, the IRA created accounts that mimicked real U.S. organizations. For example, one IRA controlled Twitter account, at 10 GOP, purported to be connected to the Tennessee Republican Party," the Mueller report states.
The IRA is the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency. Known as a "troll farm" or "troll factory," the IRA used what prosecutors described as "information warfare" against the United States. It used propaganda to spread disinformation on social media and the Internet via fake identities.
Reactions to special counsel report
"Robert Mueller is a respected prosecutor. He has determined that the president did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election. Attorney General Barr has released as much of Mueller's report as he legally and appropriately can. It is time for both sides to stop hyperventilating over the Mueller investigation and focus on reducing health care costs and making a college education worth it for students."
- United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
"I am pleased that the Mueller report has been made public, giving the American people the transparency they deserve and providing accountability in our democracy. After two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of interviews we once again come to the conclusion that there was no collusion. Furthermore, we know that Russian meddling in our election was an effort to sow uncertainty in our democracy and was furthered by Democrats' false narrative and personal vendetta against the President. Today, the Special Counsel's report was released to Congress but it is abundantly clear that Democrats are steadfast in their effort to prolong their dog and pony show of taxpayer-funded investigations regardless of the Special Counsel's findings. There was no collusion, but there is a crisis at our southern border. I plan to spend my time addressing this national emergency and other challenges facing our nation."
- Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)