WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee says “every American should be alarmed” by Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
John McCain’s comments came as lawmakers pressed intelligence officials for details about foreign cyber-threats. McCain says Russian interference represented “an unprecedented attack on our democracy.”
U.S. intelligence agencies say Moscow interfered in the election to help Donald Trump win. But Trump has dismissed that conclusion.
At today’s hearing, McCain asked the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has any credibility.
Clapper said, “No.”
Donald Trump has cited Assange’s claim that Russia didn’t provide him with hacked emails as evidence that Russia wasn’t involved in the hacking that targeted Democrats.
133-a-11-(Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, being questioned by Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., at hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee)-“in your view (second reference)”-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is asked by Senator John McCain if anybody should take the word of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over that of the U.S. intelligence community. (5 Jan 2017)
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126-a-15-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., committee chairman, at hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee)-“to foreign cyberattacks”-Arizona Senator John McCain says it’s vital to get to the bottom of Russia’s actions, which target the foundation of America’s democracy. (5 Jan 2017)
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125-a-13-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., committee chairman, at hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee)-“without foreign interference”-Arizona Senator John McCain says Russian hacking aimed at the U.S. election should not be a cause for partisan bickering. (5 Jan 2017)
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APPHOTO DCMC107: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and the committee’s ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, during the committee’s hearing: “Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (5 Jan 2017)
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