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McConnell Blocks Bipartisan Panel From Launching Investigation On Russia Hacks

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McConnell Blocks Bipartisan Panel From Launching Investigation On Russia Hacks

In a perplexing act of cowardice, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected a bipartisan request to create a select committee to investigate the Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. elections and the role they played in helping elect Donald Trump.

Despite the growing pressure from fellow Republicans, McConnell still refuses to allow a thorough investigation. He, however, admits the Russians intervene in the elections.

“There’s no question that the Russians were messing around in our election,” he told Kentucky Educational Television on Monday night. “It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated’” he said, according to The Huffington Post.

McConnell notably made no mention of the more recent intelligence assessments that found Russian hacking efforts were aimed at boosting President-elect Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election.

Arguing that the American people deserve to know what the extent of the Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, the group of lawmakers reiterated their urgent call to McConnell in separate appearances on Sunday.

“Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done,” wrote Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I) in a letter last week.

“To send it just to one committee or a multiplicity of committees will leave things out, won’t reconcile contradictory information and because the existing committees are so busy in the new administration won’t get the focus that It needs,” Schumer said.

But McConnell shows no signs of backing down, even as members of his own party push him to take a more aggressive stance in investigating Russian cyberattacks.

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