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Rubio: Putin's goal was to 'sow chaos' in election but didn't help Trump win



Sen. Marco Rubio says Russia’s Putin-led government worked to “sow chaos” in the election but concluded that it did not provide Donald Trump victory.

“I do not believe Donald Trump was elected because of this. I don’t believe it tipped it one way or another,” Rubio said Friday on Fox News. (His office did not respond to a request for comment on the intelligence report that forced Trump to finally acknowledge Russia’s role.)

Rubio, noting that there is no evidence the voting system was hacked, told Neil Cavuto:

“There is no doubt in my mind and has never been any doubt in my mind that the Putin government undertook active measures to influence and or manipulate American public opinion and to sow chaos in our electoral system.

“And if you look at where we stand today, you’ve got some Democrats questioning the legitimacy of the Trump presidency and you have the president-elect of the United States questioning the intelligence (community). That sounds to be pretty chaotic and destabilizing … .”

Asked if Putin wanted Trump more than Hillary Clinton, Rubio said it was difficult to say and that the goal was to create chaos and animosity.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 7, 2017 2:31pm]


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