Four senators have reached across the aisle Sunday to release a joint statement regarding the recent revelations that Russian cyber-attacks interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A secret CIA investigation was exposed on Friday night revealing that Russian intelligence purposefully worked behind the screen to deliver the presidency to Donald J. Trump.
Leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties are not standing by idly while our democratic system is attacked, however. A bipartisan group of four U.S. senators have released a statement indicating their intention to fully examine the results of the CIA investigation and follow through.
The statement comes from U.S. senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), John McCain (R-Arizona), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). The group represents a number of Senate committees and party leadership, with three of the senators serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
‘For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American.’
The Washington Post revealed Friday that the CIA investigation has identified a number of people who assisted in hacking documents for the Russian government and releasing them with the goal of helping the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, win the White House. Databases and email accounts hacked by these individuals included those belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. The hacked — and some say modified — emails were provided to the WikiLeaks organization.
‘Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done. While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society. Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyberattacks. ‘
Sen. Lindsey Graham has already spoken openly about his intentions to get to the heart of the Russian hacks and examine how they have influenced the recent election
‘Russia is trying to break the backs of democracies — and democratic movements — all over the world.’
Russia is trying to break the backs of democracies – and democratic movements – all over the world.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 10, 2016
According to CBS News, Graham told Sen. John McCain that he thinks Russia “did interfere with our elections.”
The statement continues:
‘This cannot become a partisan issue. The states are too high for our country. We are committed to working in this bipartisan manner, and we will seek to unify our colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security.’
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These senators are going to have their hands full convincing some of their colleague to band together and get to the bottom of national cybersecurity issues. Some Republican senators, particularly those for whom a Trump presidency will further their political or personal agendas, have dismissed CIA warnings about Russian interference. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for example, has refuted intelligence regarding the issue as far back as September.
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