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Rubio supports call for investigation into alleged Russian meddling in election



Sen. Marco Rubio supports a call for a congressional investigation into Russian involvement in the election, his staff confirmed today.

Top Republicans including Sens. John McCain and Richard Burr, have called for a "coordinated and wide-ranging probe," as the Washington Post put it. On Friday, President Obama separately instructed his administration to prepare its own report.

President-elect Donald Trump has played down Russia's involvement and his stance toward Vladimir Putin is at odds with Rubio and other Republicans.

Rubio's office did not offer new comment but referred to what he said a couple weeks ago on Meet the Press.

"If a foreign government has been involved in injecting chaos into our democratic process, the American people deserve to know that. I've made my feelings known in the midst of the campaign," Rubio said.

He went on: "I've never said it's the Russian government, although I believe it was the work of a foreign government. I will say this. If you look at what happened during our election and the sort of things that were interjected into the election process, they are very similar to the sort of active measures that you've seen the Russians use in the past in places like Eastern Europe, to interfere with the elections of other countries. And what we mean by "interfere" is they try to undermine the credibility of the election. They try to undermine individual leaders. And they try to create chaos in the political discourse. And the fundamental argument behind it is they want people to-- they want to de-legitimize the process."

Pointedly asked if it is worthy of Congressional scrutiny, the Florida Republican said: "Absolutely."

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 3:24pm]


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