Politics

Lindsey Graham: Senators Agree Russia Tampered Election

| by Ray Brown

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says most U.S. senators believe Russia tampered with the 2016 presidential election, but President-elect Donald Trump refuses to agree with them.

"There are 100 United States senators. Amy Klobuchar is on this trip with us. She's a Democrat from Minnesota. I would say that 99 of us believe the Russians did this and we're going to do something about it," Graham told CNN during a trip to Estonia. "We're going to put sanctions together that hit Putin as an individual and his inner circle for interfering in our election, and they're doing it all over the world -- not just in the United States."

Although no conclusive evidence has been released to the public, U.S. government officials have blamed Russian hackers for the release of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails during the 2016 presidential election.

In addition, the Obama administration is close to announcing economic sanctions and diplomatic censure against Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. election, according to The Washington Post.

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Trump has denied that Russians helped him win the election.

"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Trump said in response to anonymous sources in the U.S. intelligence community who were quoted in a Washington Post report about alleged Russian hackers.

"The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again,'" Trump added, according to CNN.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also denied his government had anything to do with the DNC email leaks.

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“Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere,” Putin said a press conference in Moscow, according to The Washington Post. “They need to learn to lose with dignity.”

Sources: CNN (2), Washington Post (2,3)/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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