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Homeland Security chief calls Russian hacking "direct attack on our democracy"

Secretary Nielsen, in focus and in purple looks sternly over Trump's head, who is not in focus
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a convention of secretaries of state Saturday that "though votes were note changed" in the 2016 election, "ANY attempt to interfere in our elections — successful or unsuccessful — is a direct attack on our democracy," (emphasis added by her press office.)

Why it matters: This comes a day after new indictments came down in connection with the Mueller probe that detail how Russian military intelligence officers meddled in U.S. elections in 2016. President Trump has never condemned Russia over its election interference, and the White House press office statement on the indictments does not mention a Russian attack on our democracy.

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