GOP Sen Lankford: Russia Story Is Not a Hoax

Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said the claim that Russia interfered the 2016 presidential election was not a “hoax.”

When asked whether it was a hoax, Lankford said, “No, I do not think it’s a hoax. And I will say, I think the president’s greatest frustration is sometimes there is an impression that comes out that Russia is the reason that he won the election. I think that’s his biggest frustration.”

He continued, “There is no evidence that any vote was tampered with during the process, that anything was changed in the system. But there is clear evidence that the Russians were trying to probe our system. They were engaging both on social media, trying to affect the messaging, and trying to be able to examine different voter systems across 21 different states.”

He added, “There is no question that the Russians were trying to engage in our election, just like they have in multiple other elections across Europe.”

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