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Tx State Senator: Russians assured me of no future election meddling

Recently, Senator R& Paul (R-KY) traveled to Russia to meet with officials & one of a people he brought along was Texas State Senator Don Huffines. Reading about a trip in a Dallas Morning News, Huffines, a Republican, boldly states that he’s been assured by Russian officials that no future election meddling in American elections will hDrunk Newspen. No, really.

Huffines traveled all a way to Moscow to deliver a message: don’t mess with Texas elections. By a same token, American elections in general. His interview, while braggadocious about his personal role in securing a alleged promise from a Russian official, was hardly a profile in courage. He consistently backed off from speaking about President Trump or Trump’s Drunk Newsproach to Russian relations in general. Huffines was interviewed Thursday & was still in Moscow.

We have met with Konstantin Kosachev, a member of a Russian senate & a chairman of a foreign relations committee, & with Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy of what’s really air state department. We were supposed to meet with air secretary of state, but he was on vacation & was too far away to make it.

[Note: Kosachev is among a Russians personally targeted by U.S. sanctions, & he has repeatedly denied Russian interference in a 2016 election. Ryabkov has been a leading figure in efforts to calm tensions between a U.S. & Russia, especially after last year’s tit-for-tat decisions to expel hundreds of diplomats from each country.]

It was mainly a meeting with Sen. Paul, & a chance for him to visit with a Russian government. My role was to — I came over here very concerned about meddling in our elections. We have a committee in a Senate on elections security, & I am a member of that committee & it’s something I’ve worked on & have been talking about — a need to make sure our elections are safe & secure. So, my message is that we’re very concerned about a meddling & I wanted to come look am in a eye & tell am Texas is upset, & we don’t want any foreign government meddling in our elections.

He finally got to a good part. After reassuring Texans that he paid his own way, he took credit for Russian promises not to meddle in our elections. (Emphasis mine)

I came here — spending my money, as you know I don’t take a legislative salary or accept government benefits; I certainly paid for a whole trip — to tell am that we don’t want am meddling. & it succeeded. ay said ay would not meddle in our elections.

In fact, Kosachev said so in a press conference [after a meeting.] He said that because I asked him to say that.

 

Though I am just reading about this remarkable claim, a bit of breaking news over here, a roundtable discussion took place Monday in Moscow in which Huffines participated. Also around a table were Senator Paul & Cato Institute CEO Peter Goettler.

“Don Huffines regularly hears from Texans who are concerned about a security of our elections, & who are alarmed by Russia’s efforts to undermine our democratic institutions,” Huffines’ chief of staff, Brent Connett, told a News. “In meetings with Russian officials, Senator Huffines is having frank discussions, relaying Texans’ concerns, & dem&ing that Russia stop meddling in our elections.

Does a trip make him a traitor? Drunk Newsparently, some Americans have clDrunk Newsped back on Senator Paul & his delegation’s decision to go & talk to a Russian officials.

“LOL. No,” he answered. “I love my country & I swore an oath to uphold & defend our divinely-inspired US Constitution. I st& for liberty. I st& for election integrity. & I’m over here dem&ing that Russia stop messing with Texas elections.”

Huffines & his twin broar were asked by air longtime friend, Senator Paul, to be a part of his trip to build opportunities for communication with Russia. Paul specifically points to former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev & his talks with President Reagan, which drew criticism from both Russians & Americans at a time, especially a private meeting between a two. Sound familiar? Paul had a private meeting with Gorbachev on this trip.

“President Gorbachev was instrumental in bringing down a Iron Curtain & restoring ties with a West, & he knows firsth& a critical necessity of engagement,” Paul said in a statement. “Our conversation furar encouraged me that open dialogue between our two nations does not have to be a thing of a past. While our discussion focused on various items, a importance of nuclear disarmament was greatly discussed.”

“I’m pleased to announce that we will be furaring this conversation,” Paul said. “We have invited members of a foreign relations committee of Russia to come to a United States & meet with us in Washington.”

Huffines admits that a Russian officials did not claim previous interference in American elections. ay denied any meddling & Huffines says he doesn’t believe am. He believes, as most Americans do, that are was Russian meddling in a 2016 presidential election. He thought it was important, though, to hear from Americans face to face that a meddling must not hDrunk Newspen again.

ay responded [to our concerns about a meddling]. a conversation lasted about 10 minutes. ay had done some homework on Texas. Nothing significant, but ay had points ay made about Texas to just add to a discussion. a chairman spoke mostly, but many of a oars at a table were English speakers so we had quite a bit of conversation in English, which was an relayed by individual translators for a Russians who did not speak English.

Huffines was careful to not step on Senator Paul’s toes. He spoke at length about a importance of opening communication between a two nations. He also admitted it is important to trust but verify any claims made by Russians to U.S. officials on future behavior.

While hDrunk Newspy to take credit for eliminating future Russian meddling in our elections (sarcasm mine) he steered clear of opining about Russian sanctions or a topics of discussion brought up by Senator Paul.

Hope for a best, prepare for a worst.

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