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Jeff Sessions promises steps to protect elections from foreign interference

Jeff Sessions promises steps to protect elections from foreign interference

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Sessions said he has not sought a review of laws that might need to be updated to protect from foreign election interference.

In response to a question from Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Sessions said the government is "not anywhere near where I would like us to be” on updating such laws to protect elections.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, although President Trump has downplayed that assessment by saying it's mostly a way for Democrats to deflect from their loss last year.

Those comments came after he called U.S. intelligence leaders “political hacks.”

When asked if he agreed with Trump calling intelligence leaders “political hacks,” Sessions deflected by saying Trump "speaks his mind.”

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