Transcript for New evidence on Russian interference in 2016 election
To Washington now and new evidence of Russia's determination to interfere in our election. A report from the senate intelligence committee details how Russia targeted voting sidss in all 50 states and warns the threat persists today. Our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas joins us and this echoes on Robert Mueller's testimony. Reporter: That's right, good morning. And it's not just Russia. Intelligence officials fear China, Iran and other countries could target the 2020 election and learning about how pervasive the attack on the 2016 election was. The report says the Russians likely attempted to find weaknesses as you said in the voting systems of all 50 states. Probing and scanning systems of at least 21 states. The Russians looked at the personal data of hundreds of thousands of voters from two states including Illinois, the report states. The U.S. Government and states have improved election security but, George, the chilling question is exactly why was Russia snooping around those systems in 2016 and exactly what are they planning for the What are they doing right now? In the wake of all these warnings, senate Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell yesterday blocked an attempt to update election security. Reporter: That's right. A day after Bob Mueller issued that stark warning the Russians are attacking us as we, quote, sit here, Mcconnell blocked it saying Democrats were simply playing politics on the heels of Mueller's testimony and chuck Schumer said Republicans are putting their heads in the sand so, George, more proof they can't seem to agree on anything here in Washington. Not in this environment. Thanks very much.
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