Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jack Reed (RI) joined Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and John McCain (AZ) in a joint statement that committed to investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, president-elect Trump dismissed reports from the US intelligence community that Russia interfered in the presidential election as Democrats making excuses, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it. I don’t know why, and I think it’s just — you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week, it’s another excuse…I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. And, frankly, I think they’re putting it out. It’s ridiculous. ”
A bipartisan group of Senator released a statement where they made it clear that they don’t think the idea of Russia interfering in an election is ridiculous:
The key part of the statement is at the bottom where the Senators pledge to work together to rally the Senate to investigate Russian election interference. McCain and Graham are both powerful members of the Republican caucus on issues of defense and national security. Democrats need one more Republican Senator to join them to have a majority of the Senate favoring a full Senate investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
Contrary to what the president-elect wants to believe, a foreign government interfering in a US presidential election is not a partisan matter. This isn’t Democrats making excuses for their defeat. The non-partisan US intelligence community has raised serious concerns about Russia’s role in the presidential election.
The bad news for Trump is that a Senate investigation looks more likely by the day. If the investigation reveals that Trump’s campaign knew about or cooperated with the Russians, his presidency will be in jeopardy.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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