Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Russia, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), said during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that there is “no question” that Russia interfered in the presidential election last year.
“There is no question that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year,” Huntsman said, adding, “Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies.”
Huntsman went on to blame Russia’s interference as the reason for the tension between the United States and Russia.
“I will also not hesitate to remind government officials that they are accountable for their actions,” Huntsman told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Interference in the U.S. election had led directly to the current low level of trust in the relationship.”
Trump has said from time to time that there was no collusion, denying multiple U.S. intelligence officials.
The Russia investigation is still undergoing. Multiple congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are still investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is also looking into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.