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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley to hold drug pricing hearing Overnight Health Care: HHS chief refuses to testify on family separations | Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices | PhRMA spends record on lobbying in 2018 Congress should stop tariff power grab, bring balance to US trade policy MORE (R-Iowa) demanded Saturday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump 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.