In an unprecedented rebuke of Donald Trump, a group of high-profile senators called for a full investigation on the Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, saying that “recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American.”
The group –two Republicans and two Democrats– called for an investigation into American intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russian hacking was intended to help President-elect Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, CNN reported Sunday.
“Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cyber security, but recent events show that more must be done,” said Sens. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, Sen. John McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Jack Reed, the top Armed Services Committee Democrat, in a Sunday morning statement.
The senators added: “While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society. 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.”
The letter is an implicit rebuke of Trump, who has questioned whether Russia actually interfered with the election, including with hacks of Democratic operatives, and came two days after Trump sided with Russia over the CIA and attacked the US intelligence assessment of Russia’s role.
The Trump’s transition team’s response to the CIA report, citing the agency’s most humiliating recent intelligence misfire –over its conclusion that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction– threatens to cast an early cloud over relations between the Trump White House and the CIA.