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Worley calls on GOP to condemn Russian interference of US election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 15, 2016 Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley called for Republicans to support investigations into alleged hacking by agents of the Russian government into the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

Chairwoman Worley said in a statement, “Russian interference in the US presidential election is deeply disturbing. It is completely unacceptable for a foreign power to have any influence at all in determining the leadership of our nation.”

Chair Worley said, “We must not allow what Alexander Hamilton called a ‘desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.’ Now that US intelligence officials implicate Russian President Putin directly in the attack, it is time to determine the full extent of this illegal foreign interference and find out if anyone colluded with a foreign power to affect the outcome of the presidential election.

Chair Worley asked, “Will all Alabama Republican Congressmen and U.S. Senators condemn this foreign attack and commit to a full, independent investigation? …Alabama Republicans should immediately condemn this hostile Russian attack on our American democracy, and commit to a full, independent investigation of these illegal acts.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed recently that her defeat was due to the release of a letter by FBI Director James B. Comey to Congress announcing that more of Hillary’s missing emails had been found on Huma Abedin’s laptop and what she called an “attack against our country” by the Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin.

Clinton charged that the Russians sought to “undermine our democracy” through cyberattacks on Democratic targets. She said the hacking into the Democratic National Committee and into the emails of her campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, were a result of Mr. Putin’s “personal beef” against her, pointing to her accusation that Russia’s 2011 parliamentary elections were rigged.

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On Friday, December 16 President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Twitter, “Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it was revealed that head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?”

On Thursday, December 15th, in an interview Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange denied that hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta were stolen and passed to his organization by Russian state actors. “Our source is not the Russian government,” Assange said.

Sean Hannity asked, “So in other words, let me be clear. Russia did not give you the Podesta documents or anything from the DNC?”

Assuange answered, “That’s correct.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concluded in October that “the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” The CIA and FBI have also concluded that the Russian government was behind the hackings.

GOP Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) have both called for an investigation into possible Russian hacking.

(Original reporting by Fox News and Townhall contributed to this report)

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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