Senators ask Tillerson to fight Russian interference in Mexico election: report

Senators ask Tillerson to fight Russian interference in Mexico election: report
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A bipartisan pair of senators is calling for Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE to combat Russia's election meddling in Mexico amid reports the Kremlin has become involved in Latin American elections, according to a CBS News report

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBiden, don't punish India Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict MORE (D-N.J.) in a letter ask Tillerson to address the issue when he visits Mexico next week, saying Russia is using "sophisticated technology" to meddle in the country's July presidential election, the network reported. 

"We write to urge you to raise the importance of strong, independent electoral systems in Mexico and Latin America more broadly," the two senators wrote to the nation's top diplomat. 

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"We are increasingly concerned about growing efforts to undermine these hard-fought and widely supported advances, particularly those emanating from outside the region," they added. 

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster last month warned of early signs Russia was meddling in Mexico's election. 

“You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said. 

McMaster also noted instances of Kremlin election meddling in Europe. 

“As you see, this is really a sophisticated effort to polarize democratic societies and pit communities within those societies against each other and create crises of confidence and to undermine the strength within Europe," he said. 

Various congressional panels, as well as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, are in the process of probing Russia's election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. There are also concerns Moscow will interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. 

While President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE has denied allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia, he did not bring up the issue during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.