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Ryan: Russian hacks don't change 'clear and decisive' Trump victory

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Although Russian state-led hackers may have intervened in the U.S. elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan argued Monday that voters should not doubt the "clear and decisive" outcome of the 2016 elections.

"As I’ve said before, any foreign intervention in our elections is entirely unacceptable," the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement. "Any intervention by Russia is especially problematic because, under President [Vladimir] Putin, Russia has been an aggressor that consistently undermines American interests."

However, Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate are distorting the findings of intelligence agencies to try to question the validity of President-elect Donald Trump's victory last month, Ryan argued.

"At the same time, exploiting the work of our intelligence community for partisan purposes does a grave disservice to those professionals and potentially jeopardizes our national security," Ryan said. "As we work to protect our democracy from foreign influence, we should not cast doubt on the clear and decisive outcome of this election.”

Some liberal voters who are unhappy with the election result have tried to change it after allegations of Russian interference surfaced — including putting together a Change.org petition to hold a new election, since the last one was "tampered with."

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