House Speaker Ryan: Russian Hackings Shouldn’t Be Politicized

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office confirmed Sunday he does not support Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. elections, but did not affirm whether he believes Congress should conduct an investigation into the matter.

President-elect Donald Trump dismissed the CIA’s claim Russia’s hacking was aimed at giving him an edge in the election, telling “Fox News Sunday,” “They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody sitting in a bed some place.”

“Speaker Ryan has said for months that foreign intervention in our elections is unacceptable,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, told Politico. “The speaker cannot comment on or characterize the content of classified briefings but he rejects any politicization of intelligence matters.”

The comments follow a group of bipartisan senators calling on lawmakers to come together and look into cyberattacks launched by foreign governments.

“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,” Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York,  John McCain of Arizona, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a joint statement.

Ryan’s office said officials have worked to to make sure the election was conducted fairly.

“All year, the Intelligence Community, law enforcement, and state and local election officials have been working to ensure that this election was conducted consistent with our long history of free and fair elections,” Strong told CNN.

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