"Take it seriously. We cannot trust Russia. We should never trust Russia," she told NBC News, taking a harsher stance than President Donald Trump, who has suggested that the United States and Russia might have friendlier relations under his administration

Her remarks come in response to a question from Lauer hours after the Justice Department charged Russian intelligence officers for a sweeping criminal conspiracy that hacked 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014.

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