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Mulvaney: ‘Russia did attempt to interfere in our election’

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney 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 Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if President Trump 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 Mueller 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. 

Tags Chuck Todd Donald Trump Mick Mulvaney Mueller investigation Mueller report Robert Mueller Russia Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
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