Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call For Panel To Investigate Russian Hacking

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A bipartisan group of senators called for the creation of a panel in order to investigate allegations of Russian hacking in U.S. elections, according to a report from Reuters Sunday.

Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Jack Reed joined Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham in calling for the creation of a bipartisan investigative panel in order to examine the hacking allegations. The four senators will soon issue a joint letter arguing for the committees creation, Schumer told Reuters Sunday.

“We need to get to the bottom of this,” McCain told CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper Sunday morning. “There’s no doubt they were interfering. There’s no doubt. The question is now, how much and what damage? And what should the United States of America do?”

The four senators are some of the most outspoken voices accusing Russia of meddling in U.S. elections. The call for the bipartisan panel follows President Barack Obama’s order for a full-scope investigation into the allegations.

Obama ordered the investigation after the CIA reported it was confident Russia intended to influence the election in order to help elect Donald Trump. The FBI reaffirmed the CIA assessment Friday after an FBI counter-intelligence official initially did not concur with the CIA when briefing lawmakers.

The White House hopes to fast-track the investigation so its findings can be declassified and made public before Obama leaves office in January.

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