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At Harvard, Maine senator says he thinks the Russians will be back

US Senator Angus King, Independent of Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press/File 2017
US Senator Angus King, Independent of Maine.

Maine Senator Angus King said Monday he had “no doubt” that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and warned that the Kremlin would try to interfere in future US elections, according to the Harvard Gazette.

Speaking at a Harvard University event Monday, King said “We know they did it, we know it was sophisticated, we know it was serious, and we know they’re coming back!” the Gazette reported.

The Harvard Gazette is the university’s official news outlet.

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King serves on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating Moscow’s influence on the election. King said the committee needs its findings to be bipartisan if they are to have credibility with the American public.

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He said Russia will continue to interfere in elections until they are stopped, adding that both presidential and state elections are at risk.

King did not accuse President Trump or his campaign of cooperating with the Russians to interfere in the election, saying “that question is open,” the Gazette reported.

By dismissing investigations into Russia’s involvement as a hoax, Trump has prevented “the national consensus that we need that indeed the Russians did attack us and we have to prevent it from happening again,” King said.

Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.