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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 TillersonBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues Lawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office 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 RubioHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists The growing threat of China's lawfare MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDemocrats gear up for major push to lower drug prices Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy Senators to Biden: 'We must confront the reality' on Iran nuclear program 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks 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.