Watch: Mueller tells Welch campaigns taking foreign help may be ‘new normal’

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During questioning before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller said election interference by Russia in 2016 was not an isolated attempt.

“I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is,” Mueller said when Vermont Democratic Rep. Peter Welch asked whether future political campaigns could accept foreign assistance.

Mueller testified for more than six hours before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on his 448-page report on Russian interference.

He said the interference was not a hoax, and he warned that there should be a more robust effort to guard against future interference.

“It is a signal, a flag to those of us who have responsibility to exercise that responsibility, not to let this kind of thing happen again,” he said.

House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the Democratic investigations will continue.

Mueller answered most questions in short sentences, referring Congress members to his report and choosing not to read his report aloud.

Mueller had made clear in his report that he could not exonerate President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice in the probe. But investigators didn’t find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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