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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Issues Statement about Russia

July 16, 2018
Bilirakis Blog

"While I applaud efforts to build bridges with world leaders, including those with a long-standing history of aggression and hostility toward the U.S. such as North Korea and Russia,  I have far more confidence in the findings of the U.S. intelligence community than I do in the empty words and denials of Vladimir Putin, a known bad actor on the world stage.   While I do not believe it altered the outcome of the 2016 election, there is undeniable evidence that Russia attempted to interfere with our electoral process.  I have previously supported sanctions against Russia, expulsions of their diplomats, closures of their diplomatic facilities, and indictments of their officers and believe it is important to continue to hold those who seek to destabilize our democracy accountable for their crimes," Congressman Gus Bilirakis.