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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Dick Cheney said Russia's election 'interference' could be considered 'an act of war'


Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech Monday that Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election may constitute an "act of war."

Cheney, speaking at the Economic Times Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, said Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government made a "very serious effort" to "interfere  in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic processes." 

Cheney also said he expected Russia to try similar threats again, CNN reports.

I would not underestimate the weight that we, as Americans, assign to the Russian attempts to interfere with our internal political processes.
Former VP Dick Cheney

Cheney insisted Russia's efforts did not undermine President Trump's electoral victory. Cheney, unlike his old boss former President George W. Bush, publicly supported Trump. 

Here's a clip of Cheney's speech.

The announcement raised eyebrows from Cheney critics, including Alyssa Milano.

But Trump supporters doubted his credibility after his false claims before the Iraq War.

Stories of alleged ties between Trump associates and Russia have dogged the administration since before the election. His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, reportedly worked to "greatly benefit the Putin government." 

CNN reported last week the FBI has evidence suggesting Trump associates coordinated with Russia to release information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Trump dismissed the "Trump Russia story" as a hoax in Monday night tweets.


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