Huntsman says Russian Federation meddled in 2016 race

'No Question' Russia Interfered in the US Election Says Trump Nominee to Be Ambassador to Russia

The long awaited confirmation process for former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman finally underway.

Huntsman, a Republican who previously served as Utah governor and was President Barack Obama's first ambassador to China, said that while he felt confident his experience has prepared him for the job, he was "under no illusion" that serving as ambassador to Russian Federation would be "easy or simple".

Huntsman did not face many tough questions during his hearing Tuesday-at one point, Sen. It's the first step in what is expected to be a slam dunk confirmation.

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, affirmed the U.S. governments belief that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election during his opening testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

Perry says Huntsman's approach changed the dynamic of the hearing.

Huntsman added that working to undercut or instill doubt into the integrity of the election process is the "the highest level of injury that I think can be laid on any local election system".

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Ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told Huntsman "we're going to need your help in enforcing these sanctions" in reference to making sure Europe and the Trump administration follow through with holding Russian Federation accountable, no matter what economic or political repercussions may occur.

"What we saw today, is that there are some issues that transcend politics".

Perry says Huntsman connected with senators on both sides of the aisle with his performance.

A former Republican presidential candidate, Huntsman has served the past five American presidents, including as President Barack Obama's Ambassador to China.

"He is, without question the best, most qualified person for this position", said Perry. He also believes he will easily get through the senate.

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