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McConnell OKs Probe: 'Russians Are Not Our Friends'

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he supports a congressional probe into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, adding that he believes the Senate Intelligence Committee is "more than capable" of investigating the matter.

“Obviously any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts,” McConnell told reporters at a news conference, according to Politico.

“It’s an important subject and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said, adding: “The Russians are not our friends.”

McConnell's words come one day after Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island released a joint statement that said reports of alleged Russian interference “should alarm every American,” according to the United States Senate Committee On Armed Services.

The statement continued:

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.

President-elect Donald Trump has denied that his upset victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had anything to do with alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails.

“Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card,” Trump tweeted. “It would be called conspiracy theory!”

Sources: Politico, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, United States Senate Committee On Armed Services / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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