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Senate minority leader requests FBI probe into Russia 'tampering' with election results

'The prospect of a hostile government seeking to undermine elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy,' Reid said. Photograph: (Getty)

Washington, DC, United States Aug 30, 2016, 11.41 PM (IST)
Senate minority leader Harry Reid asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate whether the Russian government may be attempting to 'interfere in the US presidential elections' by tampering with voting results. 

Reid, in his letter to the FBI director James Comey on Monday, said,"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."

He also voiced concerns about possible Russian government efforts to manipulate Trump's campaign ahead of the November 8 election, and to use it as a vehicle to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Tuesday, four other Democrats wrote to Comey to investigate if the campaign officials working for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump coordinating with Russian interests to influence the electoral process. 

The letters come in the wake of repeated hacking attempts targeting US political databases. 

Kremlin officials have denied any involvement in penetrating the election system of the US.

Hackers targeted voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona on Monday. The FBI did not specify who might have been behind the assault. 

Comey, however, declined to give any details about FBI's probe but indicated that agency was closely watching what other countries were doing. 

(WION with input from Reuters)
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