In an unprecedented turn of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened the Obama administration if it publicly challenged Russia over Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the election to favor Donald Trump.
In a confidential briefing, McConnell forcefully rebuked the CIA’s assessment about intelligence pointing to Russia’s interference to help President-elect Donald Trump win the election, The Washington Post reported.
The CIA found that Russia aided efforts to boost Trump, ostensibly by promoting hacked emails and documents, as well as spreading fake news articles that were damaging to the Democratic Party and its nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Citing several unnamed officials, The Post reported that McConnell, who attended the briefing, “voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence.”
It’s worth noting that Donald Trump hired McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as secretary of transportation after the election.
The appointment requires congressional approval. But McConnell has rejected calls to recuse himself from the confirmation process.
This is the first time in American history that an elected official has sided with a foreign regime that undermines American democracy and sovereignty.