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Obama Chief of Staff Urges Bipartisan Approach to Russia Probe

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 02:16 PM

Former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough called on President Donald Trump and legislators to "find a bipartisan" approach to the Russia investigation.

McDonough, who served in former President Barack Obama's administration, wrote a column for The Washington Post saying "the past several months also have seen too much denial, finger-pointing and partisan posturing" on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

"Instead, we must build on the experience of the past year, find a bipartisan path to complete a comprehensive review of what happened — and ensure that renewed efforts by Russia will not succeed."

He points to Obama's decision to include the leaders of both parties, in the House and the Senate, in drafting a joint statement on concerns of Russian plans to influence the upcoming election in 2016.

"This joint, bipartisan statement was thought by the White House to be particularly important since state and local authorities had been reluctant to accept the assistance being offered by the Department of Homeland Security, and we believed a bipartisan statement would help persuade them to put aside their concerns and work with the federal government to protect our election infrastructure."

He adds, "It remains important that the new administration follows through on the steps we took to make clear that the United States is united in our opposition to Russian interference and will not tolerate such activities in the future."

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