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Marco Rubio: Russians Tried to Hack Former Rubio Presidential Campaign Staffers

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) shared with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that former members of his presidential campaign team were targeted by IP addresses originating in Russia.

“In July of 2016, shortly after I announced that I would seek re-election to the United States Senate, former members of my presidential campaign team, who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign, were targeted by IP addresses with an unknown location within Russia,” Rubio said.

Rubio continued, “Within the last 24 hours, at 10:45 a.m. yesterday, a second attempt was made, again, against former members of my presidential campaign team who had access to our internal information, again targeted from an IP address from an unknown location in Russia.”

Rubio described both efforts as “unsuccessful.”

Rubio’s comments came hours after disturbing revelations at a Senate Intelligence hearing that Russia targeted the Florida senator during the 2016 election. According to national security expert Clinton Watts, Russia targeted “candidates more hostile to Russian interests” throughout the entire election season, including Rubio.