Russia to US: Prove election interference claims or shut up

Russia to US: Prove election interference claims or shut up
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Moscow has doubled down on its dismissal of U.S. accusations that the Kremlin interfered in the presidential election to help Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE win the White House.

"They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last," said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, as reported by Tass news agency on Friday. "Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly."

According to Tass, Putin's spokesman said it was indecent for the U.S. to groundlessly accuse Russia of interfering in the election process.

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers have both called for congressional investigations into the alleged Russian hacking, after a secret CIA investigation reportedly discovered that Russia was attempting to help Trump win the presidency, not just interfere in the democratic process.

NBC News also reported on Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials are now confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally supervised the hacking operation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov strongly dismissed the accusations of Putin's personal involvement, calling the report "nonsense."

"I think this is nothing but nonsense. There is not a chance that anybody could believe that," he said Thursday.