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Democrats want FBI to investigate Russian attempts to effect the election

Democrats want FBI to investigate Russian attempts to effect the electionSome Democrats from U.S. Congress asked FBI to start investigation over Russian government’s potential attempts to undermine the U.S. presidential election through cyber attacks that could include tampering with voting results, Reuters reported Wednesday.

"The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War," Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid said in a letter to FBI Director James Comey.

The letter, dated Saturday, was published The New York Times on Monday.

It was followed on Tuesday by a letter from four Democrats asking Comey to assess whether campaign officials working for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be colluding with Russian interests to carry out recent hacks against the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in order to "interfere with the U.S. presidential election."

On a cyber security conference on Tuesday Comey said FBI was closely watching what foreign countries are doing without giving further details.

"We take very seriously any effort by any actor, ... especially nation states, that moves beyond the collection of information ... and offers the prospect of an effort to influence the conduct of affairs in our country, whether that is an election or something else," he said.

The two letters came after some U.S. political databases were targeted by hackers while security experts blamed Russia in those attempts.

Reid emphasized that Russian threat to effect the election is "more extensive than widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results."
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