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Russia Hacked Election Probe Update: Kremlin Denies Interfering In US Elections

( [email protected] ) Dec 14, 2016 10:40 AM EST
Putin denies any involvement with the US elections in favor or Donald Trump. Russian spokesman calls the allegations "absolute nonsense."
Demonstrators march along the Las Vegas Strip in protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. November 12, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker

The Russian government denied any involvement in allegations that it bankrolled efforts to intervene in the United States elections to favor President-elect Donald Trump in response to moves calling for a Russia hacked election probe.

This after Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied the allegations calling it an "absolute nonsense" during a recent interview. Peskov, however, said that the Kremlin is hoping the new president-elect may be able to spark a renewed relationship with the United States after facing a series of "strained" relations in recent years.

"We hope that all the statements that President-elect Donald Trump has made, his declared desire to resume dialogue with Russia, that these will be brought to life, and he will act on these intentions," Peskov said regarding the Russia hack probe.

Putin has also been adamant in dismissing the allegations linking the hackers to the Russian government and that they have been stern in demanding to be cleared from such insinuations due to the lack of evidence.

"Every day, Putin's site gets attacked by tens of thousands of hackers. Many of these attacks can be traced to U.S. territory. It's not as though we accuse the White House or Langley of doing it each time it happens," Peskov was quoted saying in a previous interview.

However, many US officials insist that they have more reason to believe that Russia was responsible or had any part in hacking the recent elections. They are pushing for a more in-depth inquiry regarding the alleged incident.

The Congressional and Senate Houses, both under Republican leadership, has called for a Russia hack probe that would shed light into the reports by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA reported that it found evidence linking some Russian hackers interfering into the recent elections to help sway votes to ensure a Trump victory.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both from the Republican Party claimed that any form of foreign involvement or intervention in the elections is unacceptable. Outgoing US President Barack Obama also believes Russia took part in influencing the outcome of the elections even before it took place saying that "it was no secret" and came out in support of justifying a Russia hack probe.

Back in October before the elections, the US government announced they found evidence that Russia was involved in hacking the servers of the Democratic National Committee and some groups belonging to the party. Among those included were the stolen emails containing "damaging" information to the Democratic Party and opposing candidate Hillary Clinton when she was still the Secretary of State.

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