Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, joined by Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Jack Reed, issued a statement Sunday morning in response to the CIA’s findings on Russia’s interference with the presidential election.
“Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks.”
“This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country. We are committed to working in this bipartisan manner, and we will seek to unify our colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security.”
They added that Russian interference should “alarm every American.”
Sen. Graham released a copy of the full statement on his Twitter account just a few hours ago, which you can read here.
Joint statement with Senators McCain, Schumer, and Reed on reports Russia interfered with the 2016 Election. pic.twitter.com/K4IXbbUADm
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 11, 2016
It’s the hope that this announcement will force Congress to investigate further, and many other high-ranking senators agree — especially after Trump’s likely pick for Secretary of State is in Russia’s pocket.
The heightened focus on Russia could also complicate the outlook for Trump’s likely pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who maintains close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. McCain has already said Tillerson’s relationship with the Russian leader is a “matter of concern.”
“We need to get to the bottom of it. There should be an investigation,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said of potential Russian interference on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “It’s a little premature to talk about responses until we know what happened. But we should know what happened.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she “absolutely” supports the investigation but is “not questioning that Donald Trump won the election.”
“Vladimir Putin is a thug and a bully … He has to be held accountable,” she said on “This Week.” “For Donald Trump to dismiss out of hand the intelligence community’s fact-gathering frankly doesn’t bode well for him protecting our country.”
Former Congressman Joe Walsh, a once ardent Trump supporter, also broke with Trump yesterday and demanded further investigation into Russia’s election manipulation.
This needs to happen quickly. In just eight days the Electoral College can make the president official and they need to be fully informed on who else they may be putting in office if they vote for Trump – especially if it’s the Kremlin.
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