Senator John McCain appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday where he spoke with Jake Tapper who asked if he was bothered by the Trump team being in contact with Russia prior to the election.
The Arizona Republican said there were “a lot of things about our relations with Russia that trouble me a lot.”
He cited the removal of a provision in the 2016 Republican party platform that supported sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, calling it a move that was “not the will of most Republicans.”
“There’s a lot of aspects of this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny. And so far, I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers,” McCain said. “I think there’s a lot more shoes to drop from this centipede.”
McCain also spoke about Roger Stone, a longtime Trump political adviser, who recently admitted to having had contacted the hackers who released private emails within the Democratic National Committee during the campaign.
“I think he and others need to be questioned,” McCain said, adding that Stone also had ties with ousted former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, a Kremlin ally.
“This whole issue of the relationship with the Russians and who communicated with them and under what circumstances clearly cries out for investigation,” he said. “But I would also point out we should not assume guilt until we have a thorough investigation. I’m not judging anyone guilty.”
McCain went on to speak about Trump’s recent accusations on former President Obama, dismissing the claims.
“President Trump has to provide the American people, not just the Intelligence Committee, but the American people, with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the United States, was guilty of breaking the law, because our director of national intelligence, General Clapper, testified that there was absolutely no truth to that allegation,” McCain said.
He continued: “So, I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. Because, if his predecessor violated the law, [if] President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least.”