Sens. Blunt, McCaskill back finding of Russian interference

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s U.S. senators are standing by the intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections after President Donald Trump questioned that.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in a Monday statement said there’s “no doubt” Russia tried to interfere in the elections. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Trump’s comments “fly in the face of the consensus of the intelligence community.” She says Trump’s actions will “embolden the enemies of our country and erode the support of our allies.”

Trump during a Monday press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin said he didn’t see “any reason” why Russia would have meddled in the 2016 elections. Trump said Putin was “extremely strong and powerful” in denying Russian involvement.

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