Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call For Investigation Into Russia's Role Into US elections

Over the weekend a bipartisan group of high-profile senators called for an investigation into the role Russia played in the US elections stating that the "recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American".

The group, comprised of two Republicans and two Democrats, made their statement on the heels of The Washington Post report that the CIA’s private conclusion that Russia’s activities were intended to tip the scales to help Trump.

Senator. Chuck Schumer, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Jack Reed said in a joint statement Sunday morning...

"Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American. 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 cyberattacks. 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"

Sen. Schumer then said the requested probe should reach beyond Russia...

"The goal is to find out how extensive it is, how deep this is, what countries are doing this -- it won't be limited to just Russia and then to come up with conclusions on how to stop it. Our intel property in the government and some of our most important companies that employ tens of thousands of people in good paying jobs are hacked regularly. We have to look at all of this."

In an about face Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed the investigations into Russia telling reporters on Capitol Hill....

Any foreign breach of our cyber-security measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts,

President-elect Donald Trump, in a stunning move, sided with Russia over the CIA and attacked the US intelligence releasing a statement that read...

"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again"

Trump then, in an appearance on Fox News, said this of the CIA report...

"Ridiculous... I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it . . . No, I don’t believe it at all"

A U.S. intelligence official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said he found Trump's dismissal of the intelligence on Russia as false or politically partisan

concerning”.

At the very least.

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