Senator John McCain is one of several high ranking Republicans who are now calling for a full investigation in the Russian hack that the CIA says was meant to help Donald Trump win the Presidency. When asked what he thought about Trump’s response on Meet The Press he expressed confusion and disbelief:
I don’t know what to make of it, because it’s clear the Russians interfered.
He declined to comment on whether or not it was clear that Putin’s intent was to elect Donald Trump or whether it was simply an attempt to reduce trust in the Democratic process. But he says that he wants to see a full “bipartisan” investigation with “Congressional involvement. But he says that we’re not going to get to the bottom of it in the time that Barrack Obama has in office. That’s why it’s so important for the next administration to be on board with continuing the investigation:
Facts are stubborn things; they did hack into this campaign. And they did it with some – at least it seemed to be effective – every week or so there was some new information. And were they hacking the Republicans the same way – the RNC? If so, why didn’t they [release it].
He also had rather disparaging words for his colleges in Congress. After calling Vladimir Putin “a thug and a murderer and a killer” he said that it’s important that America deal with Putin:
From a position of strength. And by the way the Congress is not acting very responsibly on that issue.
It remains to be seen whether or not McCain will be able to take on members of his own party; most specifically Mitch McConnell, who denied that Russia had done anything wrong prior to the election and threatened to blame the Obama administration for the CIA intelligence. Though, since the election McConnell has yet to comment on the hacks which McCain is now calling “a form of warfare.”
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