GOP senators join Dems to condemn Russian political hacking

With the Lincoln Memorial in the background, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks during the Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary commemoration, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, in honor of the 2,403 men and women killed and the 1,178 wounded at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are joining with Democrats in calling for an examination of reports that Russia interfered in the presidential election.

Chairman John McCain, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and others said in a joint statement Sunday that the CIA’s report of Russia’s efforts in the election “should alarm every American.”

The leaders said they will push “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.” Russia was the only country mentioned in the statement.

McCain told CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday that the effort will be led by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and a Democratic co-chair.

McCain also said ultimately he’d like the Senate to create a special committee to investigate the allegations. Such “select” committees take time to set up.

McCain called Russian leader Vladimir Putin “a thug, and a murderer, and a killer, and a KGB agent.”

President Barack Obama ordered a full review of campaign-season cyberattacks to be completed before he leaves office. President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the CIA’s assessment that Russia powered his defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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