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‘They’re Doing It As We Sit Here’: Mueller Warns Russian Election Interference Happening Right Now


‘They’re Doing It As We Sit Here’: Mueller Warns Russian Election Interference Happening Right Now

Asked whether Russia would attempt to attack future U.S. elections, as it did in 2016, Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned Americans that “they’re doing it as we sit here.”

“Our committee issued a report and insight on saying that Russian active measures are growing with frequency and intensity, and including their expanded use of groups such as the IRA, and these groups pose a significant threat to the United States and our allies in upcoming elections, would you agree with that?” House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) asked Mueller.

Mueller agreed, adding “many more countries are developing the capability to replicate what the Russians have done.”

“Did you think that this was a single attempt by the Russians to get involved in our election? Or did you find evidence to suggest they’ll try to do this again?” Hurd asked.

“It wasn’t a single attempt, they’re doing it as we sit here. And they expect to do it during the next campaign,” Mueller said.

Mueller recommended generally that intelligence and law enforcement agencies should work together in response to the threat.

“They should use the full resources that we have to address this,” Mueller said.

Democratic Rep. Peter Welch followed up later by asking whether, “So I understand you made a decision, a prosecutorial decision that this would not rise to proof beyond a reasonable doubt. But I ask if you share my concern. My concern is, have we established a new normal from this past campaign that will apply to future campaigns so that if any one of us running for the U.S. House, any candidate for the U.S. Senate, any candidate for the President of the United States, aware that a hostile foreign power is trying to influence an election, has no duty to report that to the FBI or other authorities.”

Mueller answered, “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is.”


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