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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Russia Did Not Influence Election

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By    |   Friday, 16 Dec 2016 07:34 PM

President Barack Obama said Friday that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee — but "I don't think you can blame Russia for the outcome of the election," Rep. Marsha Blackburn said.

"We're not talking about the outcome of the election," the Tennessee Republican, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.

"We're talking about the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta's G-mail account.

"What we do know is that there was a hack — and let's leave it to the House and Senate Intel committees to decide exactly who was behind what.

"We know Russia is a bad actor," Blackburn added. "We know they're not an honest actor many times.

"My hope is now that we're going to see some legislation passed through Congress that will put some more tools in place that both the public sector and the private sector need in dealing with these hits."

Blackburn denied that the Republican Party was being "dismissive" in denying Russia's role in the hackings.

"I don't think anyone is being dismissive," she told Blitzer. "No one that I have visited with, talked with or spoken with regarding this issue has been dismissive of the Russians and their intentions.

"They are quite concerned about the increase in propaganda that they have out there, not only in the U.S., but also the global marketplace.

"You have to get in behind this situation and address it."

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