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So far, no proof of Nelson's claim of Florida election hacking

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee responded to Florida elections officials on Friday, neither confirming nor denying Senator Bill Nelson's claims of current Russian hacking.

Sen. Richard Burr (D-NC) replied to a letter from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, requesting more information about any possible election systems interference.

Florida officials were frenzied on Wednesday after Sen. Nelson said Russians had "already penetrated certain counties in the state" and "now have free reign to move about."

"This is no fooling time," said Nelson on Wednesday at a campaign event in Tampa.

"That's why two senators, bipartisan, reached out to the election apparatus of Florida to let them know that the Russians are in the records."

On Friday, at his own campaign event in Tampa, Gov. Rick Scott blasted Nelson for the claims. 

"Did Nelson illegally release some classified information? Or did he make this charge up on Russian penetration?" Scott asked

"This is a very serious charge for which Bill Nelson has provided no proof," said Scott.

"This cannot be overlooked. Either Bill Nelson knows of crucial info that federal government is withholding from Florida election officials, or he's simply making things up."


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