According to the law, President Trump ordered the Defence Minister (Jim Mattis) to conduct operation against the Russian "troll factory". "He had authorized the broader campaign, but he also approved this op in particular, per a source with direct knowledge".
The White House did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Officials say the goal of the election day operation was to block any possible disinformation campaigns from Russian Federation regarding the Midterm results.
Owned by a Kremlin-connected oligarch named Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Internet Research Agency came to be known as the Russian troll factory for its alleged efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election. "When they talk about various Russian hackers, we say that we have looked into those who are behind the attack, for example on the president's website, and they are from Europe, North America and so on". Moscow has denied the allegations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters he did not know how much truth there was to that media report.
"In general I can say that USA territory is constantly being used to organize a huge number of cyber attacks against various Russian organizations", he continued. United States intelligence operatives shared the real names and online usernames of the trolls as a warning that they were being watched.