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October 24, 2018 06:37
U.S. Lawmakers Seek Information of Chinese Meddling in Elections

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An Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris, including three top Democratic lawmakers, have sought information from the government on President Donald Trump’s allegation of Chinese efforts to meddle in the United States elections.

In a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, the senators - Ron Wyden, Martin Heinrich, and Harris - asked whether the U.S. intelligence supports Trump's claims that China intervened in the 2016 presidential elections.

The senators are associates of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The letter follows up on a previous October 4 communication in which the three senators had inquired whether the president's statement that China was attempting to interfere in the approaching 2018 mid-term polls was accordant with the assessments of the Intelligence Community (IC).

"In addition to providing a public response to that inquiry, we ask that you address whether the President's statement on 60 Minutes that China "meddled" in the 2016 U.S. election is consistent with IC assessments," the Senators said.

Earlier this month, at a United Nations Security Council meeting, Trump had alleged that China was trying to interfere in the U.S. elections.

Days later Vice President Mike Pence gave a major foreign policy speech on China in which he alleged that Beijing does not want Donald Trump to be the president and it is using assorted platforms, as well as newspaper advertisements, to campaign against Trump's policies.

China has denied the allegations.

-Sowmya Sangam

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