Grassley to Trump: Tell Putin to 'butt out' of US elections

Grassley to Trump: Tell Putin to 'butt out' of US elections
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBiden names new watchdog at finance agency after embattled IG departs McConnell warns Democrats against 'artificial timeline' for infrastructure deal Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R-Iowa) demanded Saturday that President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to "butt out" of U.S. elections. 

"The next time President Trump that you talk to Putin tell him to butt out of our elections quit the cyber warfare interference in our democracy," Grassley wrote on Twitter.

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Grassley's tweet came after 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 unsealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on Friday for their alleged roles in an effort to disrupt and influence the 2016 presidential election.

The indictments were part of Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the election — an investigation that Trump has rebuked as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."

After the indictments were unsealed Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE said that the allegations made in the documents did not suggest that any Americans were aware of the Russian efforts. 

Trump claimed that the indictments exonerated him and his presidential campaign. Mueller is also investigating whether Trump or any of his associates conspired with the Russians to influence the election. That investigation, Bloomberg reported Friday, is ongoing.

Putin has denied that Moscow sought to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election.