Tillerson: "Fair Assumption" That Putin Authorized Russian Meddling With The Election

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jan 11, 2017 11:00 AM
Tillerson: "Fair Assumption" That Putin Authorized Russian Meddling With The Election

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) grilled Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson on issues related to Russia, Vladimir Putin, and cyber-attacks during Wednesday's hearing.

When asked about reports that Russia meddled with the election via hacks, internet trolling, and other cyber methods, Tillerson agreed that it was a "fair assumption" that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized these activities.

Rubio also questioned Tillerson if he believes that Putin was a war criminal. When Tillerson said that he would not use that term, Rubio detailed some of the various atrocities committed by the Russian military in Aleppo.

Additionally, Rubio raised the issue of Putin's treatment of journalists, asking for Tillerson to comment on how opponents of the Russian presidency keep ending up dead. When Tillerson attempted to dodge the issue, saying that he needed more information, Rubio pointed out that these people are indeed deceased and that their deaths were not classified.