U.S. tightens sanctions on Putin ally linked to meddling

The Trump administration on Monday issued new sanctions on Russians it says attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The U.S. says the people were tied to the ‘Internet Research Agency’ - a Russian troll farm that was indicted by then-U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Sanctions were also tightened against an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin - Evgeny Prigozhin - who the Trump administration now claims had tried to intervene in the mid-term elections last year… not just the 2016 presidential election, as it was previously accused.

The Treasury Department said - despite his attempts - there was no indication Prigozhin was successful at compromising any election infrastructure to prevent voting or impact vote counts.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a Monday press release, said the U.S. "will continue to push back against malign actors who seek to subvert our democratic processes."

The sanctions - coming just days after Pompeo was issued a subpoena for documents related to the intensifying Ukraine scandal, in which President Donald Trump was accused in a whistleblower complaint of trying to seek foreign interference in the 2020 election.