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Lindsey Graham Calls For Senate Investigation Into Alleged Russian Hacks

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Lindsey Graham Calls For Senate Investigation Into Alleged Russian Hacks

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers want Washington to respond to Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election and actions in Ukraine and Syria, despite Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s calls to improve relations.

Senator Ben Cardin said on Wednesday he was working on what he described as “comprehensive” legislation to respond to Russian actions contrary to U.S. interests in Europe and Syria, as well as cyber attacks blamed on Moscow during the campaign.

“Russia presents a very serious challenge for America. They’re not our partner. They’re a bully,” Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

“Whether you attack us by MiG (fighter jet) or by mouse, it’s an attack. It requires a response. It’s clear that they were responsible for the cyber attack on our country in this past election,” Cardin said.

Other lawmakers have also called for action against Russia as they returned to Washington this week for the first time since Trump won the Nov. 8 U.S. election.

On Tuesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of his party’s senior foreign policy voices, told reporters he wanted Senate hearings on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the election.

“We can’t sit on the sidelines,” Graham said.

During the campaign, Trump’s Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, criticized him for praising Putin as a strong leader and saying ties with Russia should be improved at a time when Moscow and Washington are at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

Trump also worried U.S. allies with comments questioning NATO’s mutual self-defense pledge and suggesting he might recognize Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Cardin declined to provide specifics about his legislation ahead of a planned speech on Thursday on Russia policy. When asked if it would include additional sanctions, he said, “It will be comprehensive.”

He said he thought it would be difficult to pass a bill before the current Congress wraps up next month, but that he hoped to lay the groundwork for future action.

Cardin also said he wanted Obama to act before he leaves office on Jan. 20. Congress has already passed legislation giving the president the authority to take actions including imposing additional sanctions or sending more arms to Ukraine.

(Additional reporting by Richrd Cowan; Editing by James Dalgleish)

IMAGE: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Graham speaks at the the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moine. Reuters. 



  1. FireBaron November 16, 2016

    Hmmm. A Republican Senate Committee investigating a Republican’s campaign. Let me guess. Here is the official transcript:
    “Now opens the committee.”
    “Thank you, sir for attending. (20 minutes of gushing praise of the witness) Sir, your office didn’t have anything to do with Russia influencing the election. Right?”
    “No, sir, it did not.”
    “Thank you, sir. This investigation is now officially closed.”

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 16, 2016

      Yes, a likely outcome. Skip the details, and be heavy on the fluff. Make it look official, and call it a day.

  2. Otto T. Goat November 16, 2016

    Lindsay Graham calls for self to investigate glory holes.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 17, 2016

      Please…no one is fooled by Graham. Confederates lust for greed and power and that is ALL they care about.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker November 17, 2016

    Last night, while watching a Chinese government official being interviewed on BBC, I saw just how far down the rat hole the US is now in. He stated that China fully “expects the U.S. to adopt the insularity of the early 1900s.” Then, he dropped the real clue that should scare the living hell out of all of you, “If the U.S. adopts a more insular policy, that will allow China to be the No. 1 Super Power.”

    Proud of yourselves now?

  4. Jon November 17, 2016

    Trump has said the Chinese love him. It’s easy to see why. They have to act as the U.S. puts an effete incompetent narcissist in the presidency on January 20, 2016. They may never get a better chance than the weak craven Trump will provide.

    1. Gary Landry November 17, 2016

      you forgot about all the steel he buys from them

      1. Jon November 17, 2016

        You’re right. I should have mentioned his gold framed portrait of Mao too.

  5. Vintagechick November 17, 2016

    Personally, I believe we should all be very afraid. First, enter the “president elect” who has no knowledge of foreign relations, then add the fact that he knows nothing whatsoever about anything to do with the running of the government of our country, and factor in those he is using to provide his policies and read memos for him…we have a formula for a disaster.

    1. Mama Bear November 17, 2016

      add to that he has given a kind of legitimacy to bigotry, hate, and ignorance.

      1. dbtheonly November 18, 2016

        And add an ego, a short temper, and an enjoyment of revenge or vindictiveness.

  6. larm007 November 17, 2016

    Russia’s the bully? The US is a bully.


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