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Mulvaney: 'Russia did attempt to interfere in our election'

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE said on Sunday that Russia did attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

"Yes, Russia did attempt to interfere in our election. There is no question. Let's not lose sight of the fact that it was the previous administration that let that happen," Mulvaney said when asked by Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddGOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' Hogan: GOP devolving into 'circular firing squad' with Cheney ouster MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press" if President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE accepts the fact that "Russia interfered to benefit him."

Mulvaney's comments come after Trump suggested for the first time last week that Russia helped him get elected

"Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist," Trump tweeted.

The president quickly contradicted his tweet, telling reporters Russia did not get him elected. 

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 in his first comments on the Russia investigation emphasized last week that there were “multiple, systematic” attempts to interfere in the election.

“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said.

“And that allegation deserves the attention of every American,” he added.

Mulvaney said on Sunday that the Trump administration has been working for two years to ensure election security. 

"Already been working with the states to make sure this can’t happen again. It is stuff that does not percolate up to the level of national attention, but our Department of Justice, our DHS has been working with states and local governments to make sure that no foreign governments, Russia or anybody, has the ability to do what in 2020 what they did in 2016," he said.

"I just wish people you know, tried to lay some of the blame where it belongs,  on the previous administration, for letting it happen in the first place," he added.