McCain Pushing for Select Committee on Russian Hacking

McCain Pushing for Select Committee on Russian Hacking
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Congress likely won't assemble a new bipartisan panel of lawmakers to examine how Russia's alleged election meddling influenced the results of last month's U.S. presidential election, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, nonetheless said he'll continue to urge congressional leadership to convene a select committee devoted to claims concerning Russia's purported election meddling, even in the face of opposition from his Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

Mr. McCain, a hardline critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was among a group of four senators who asked Mr. McConnell last month to create a new, select committee tasked with undertaking a “comprehensive investigation of Russian interference” and developing “comprehensive recommendations and, as necessary, new legislation to modernize our nation's laws, governmental organization, and related practices to meet this challenge.”

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