Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, has stated that the Senate Intelligence Committee should lead the investigation into the recent allegations from the CIA regarding the Russian Government’s alleged influence into the 2016 presidential elections.
The Senate Majority Leader disregarded Republican Senator John McCain’s call for a special select committee to review the matter, stating that the Intelligence Committee is “more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter.”
As an ex officio member, McConnell currently sits on the panel, but mentioned that he will be soon joined by Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic Leader.
McConnell also goes on to state that they will “follow regular order.” However, he confirmed the need for a bipartisan review by the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. McCain, along with Sen. Burr, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, stating “they will both be looking at this issue” concerning cybersecurity threats facing the United States.
Dismissing McConnell’s call for an investigation, Jason Miller, who is a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump, attributes it to “people who are bitter their candidate lost.”
Miller stated, “This overall narrative, this is clearly an attempt to delegitimize Trump’s win. That’s what’s going on here. First there was the recount nonsense, then the discussion of the popular vote, now it’s anonymous sources with conflicting information trying to raise other issues.”
H/T The Hill
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