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Politico: Obama Admin Shot Down GOP Help Regarding Russia

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 12:54 PM

The Obama administration turned down an idea to create a task force of lawmakers — led by Republicans — that would help take on Russia's digital spying on and hacking of the United States, according to a new report.

Politico claims to have seen a document that has not been made public that spelled out the idea — and why President Barack Obama was not on board with it.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, would have spearheaded the program. He told Politico Obama might be second-guessing his decision to shoot down his idea of keeping better tabs on America's Cold War foe.

"Vladimir Putin is KGB. He always has been, and he always will be," Cotton told Politico regarding the Russian president. "President Obama seems to realize that now."

Cotton's idea, which would have been tacked onto an intelligence authorization bill, received support from both sides of the aisle. The administration turned it down because it felt the task force would conflict with programs already in place, Politico reports.

The junior senator told the website he will reintroduce the measure next year.

Several reports in recent weeks, including one from America's intelligence community, said Russia meddled with the U.S. presidential election through computer hacks and fake news stories. Russia has denied the allegations.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost to President-elect Donald Trump, blamed Russia for her defeat.

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