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Sen. Blumenthal: Russian Ads 'Sinister' Attack on US Democracy

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Monday, 09 October 2017 02:56 PM

The Facebook ads Russians bought during the 2016 election were "extremely sophisticated" Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who said Monday he has "seen them and reviewed them."

"The Russian ads are a tableau of very sinister as well as sophisticated use of social media," the Connecticut Democrat, a member of the Armed Services and Judiciary committees, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "The question is whether they were assisted, whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign, and that is one of the focuses of our investigation."

There have been no conclusions reached, but the important point is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reviewing the collusion issue, as well as those concerning obstruction of justice, said Blumenthal.

Meanwhile, the moral issues are "profoundly important," said Blumenthal, but the focus must really be on legal issues.

"Whether there was obstruction of justice, our responsibility in the Judiciary Committee is oversight over the FBI, the firing of [former FBI Director] Jim Comey, whether that was obstruction of justice," said Blumenthal.

The Facebook ads, though, indicate an attack on U.S. democracy, he added.

"That attack, if it was aided or abetted by the Trump campaign indicates not only a moral failure, but a profound violation of the law, because the Russians are going to do it again if they don't pay a price this time, and anybody who colluded with them paying the price as well," the senator said.

Blumenthal noted that as of now there is "no transparency, no disclosure whatsoever" about the advertising, but he is helping to lead a measure that would require Facebook who paid for the ads, "coming straight from Vladimir Putin as part of a campaign to try to sew discord to undermine our democracy."

If Putin was using social media to "destroy our democracy," Americans should know about it, said Blumenthal.

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