GERMAN EFFORT TO SABOTAGE U.S. COMMISSION TO RUSSIA FAILS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The recent attempt by the Russians to interfere in the presidential election of 2016 is not the first time a foreign power has attempted to involve itself in America's interests. 100 years ago today, July 1, 1917, the White House received notification that the Germans had attempted to undermine the plans of the American commission to Russia "causing some of the Russian leaders to receive them coldly."
In one of the two cablegrams sent to the White House, the head of the American commission to Russia, Elihu Root*, stated that the German efforts had been removed by the commission.
*Elihu Root (1845-1937) was born in Clinton, NY & studied at Hamilton College & New York University School of Law. ER was a junior defense counsel for Boss Tweed & his clients included Jay Gould & E. H. Harriman.
ER served as Secretary of War 1899-1904, Secretary of State 1905-1909, US Senator representing NY 1909-1915. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912.
"Root Reports Good Success of U.S. Mission, Russians Are Won Over In Face of Influence of Germans", The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 2, 1917.