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Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

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Rand Paul. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Sen. Rand Paul, currently on a visit to Moscow, told reporters Monday that he has invited Russian lawmakers to Washington for talks, per Bloomberg.

The details: Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of Russia's upper house of parliament, said Paul "has access" to Trump "and we expect that we will be able to convey through him" a desire to establish a dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, according to Russian state media. Notably, Paul's invitation comes just days after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Russian efforts to meddle in U.S. elections remain an ongoing threat.