Donald Trump may be able to dismiss the CIA’s findings of Russian interference in the U.S. election as “ridiculous” but bipartisan calls for an investigation are increasing by the hour. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now backing calls for a probe into Russia’s underhanded tactics, which intelligence agencies have concluded was done to help Trump make it into the White House.
However, McConnell brushed off calls for a special committee to be tasked with investigating Russia’s meddling in November’s election. Instead, he argued that this responsibility lies with the Senate Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Sen. Richard Burr.
“Obviously, any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts,” McConnell said on Monday. “The Senate Intelligence Committee … is more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter.”
The Senate Armed Services Committee, headed up by Sen. John McCain, will also conduct a review of Russia and cyber attacks in the United States on a “bipartisan basis.”
“It defies belief that somehow Republicans in the Senate are reluctant to either review Russian tactics or ignore them,” McConnell said. He later added: “The Russians are not our friends.”
McConnell refused to say whether or not he believes Russia acted with the express purpose of helping Trump win the election.
“I’ve already addressed my own view about where we are on those issues. And I really don’t have any intention of further elaborating,” he said.
Trump’s team was asked about the majority leader’s decision to back calls for an investigation into Russia’s involvement in the presidential election, but as usual, his camp continued to claim that it’s no big deal. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said that this is all nothing more than a media-driven “attempt to try to delegitimize” Trump’s election win. However, he did not comment specifically on McConnell’s announcement of support into a probe of the matter.
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