McConnell: The Russians Are Not Our Friends

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed his colleagues in the upper chamber’s call to launch an investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking in an attempt to sway the election results in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

McConnell referred to the CIA’s findings as “disturbing,” noting he believes the issue needs to be looked into on a bipartisan basis.

The comments follow a group of bipartisan senators — Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York,  John McCain of Arizona, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — calling on members to come together and look into cyberattacks launched by foreign governments.

“I agree with Sen. Schumer, Chairmen McCain, Burr and others, this simply cannot be a partisan issue. Let me remind all of you that the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which I and chairman of the Armed Services Committee sit as ex-officio members is more than capable of conducting complete review of this matter,” McConnell said. “And Sen. Schumer will soon join us on the committee and he can review this matter through the regular order. I have every confidence in Chairman Burr that he’ll review the matter in a responsible way.”

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