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'More urgency' needed in implementing election interference safeguards, Chris Stewart says

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Utah Congressman Chris Stewart says more needs to be done to prevent future meddling in our elections. (Photo: KUTV)

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart says more needs to be done to prevent future meddling in our elections.

Stewart was one of the congressmen asking questions to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during two hearings on Wednesday.

“We can go back and review what happened here, but it does no good unless we do something differently in the future,” said Stewart, who represents Utah's second district.

Stewart believes, as was stated by Mueller in his testimony, that Russians will try to interfere in our elections again,

“One of the things that I'm a little less confident with is the ability to manipulate public opinion," he said.

Stewart says that will be done through some news media outlets and social media. He stresses big tech companies must play a bigger role and take on more responsibility for the content they allow on their platforms, “to make sure they're trying to identify foreign operatives, including Russian bots and others.”

Stewart is part of the House Intelligence Committee, which did its own investigation into Russian election interference.

They identified 47 recommendations to prevent it from happening again.

“We haven't implemented all of them, and we need to be doing that with a lot more urgency than we are right now,” Stewart said.

What Stewart says Congress has done is appropriate more money to counties across the country “to make sure they have the facilities and the capabilities they need to protect their own voting machines.”

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