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Sen. John McCain Schedules Hearing on Cyber Threats

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By    |   Friday, 30 Dec 2016 01:18 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has set up a hearing on cyber threats on Thursday, where several high-ranking members of the intelligence community will testify on Russian hacking during the election, Politico reports.

McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be joined by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Nation Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers, and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre, according to an unnamed source familiar with the committee's plans.

President-elect Donald Trump, who has previously denied allegations that Russian agents interfered in the election, recently announced that he will attend a similar briefing next week as well.

In mid-December, McCain said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he wanted Congress to create a select committee to investigate Russia's involvement in the hacks that occurred during the election.

"I would like, in an ideal world, to have a select committee," he said, according to Politico

"It's clear the Russians interfered," McCain added. "Now, whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that's a subject of investigation."

Although President Barack Obama has announced sanctions on Moscow, McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that they would seek stronger sanctions against Russia in the upcoming Congress.

"The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration today are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia," the two said in a joint statement Thursday, CNBC reports.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has set up a hearing on cyber threats on Thursday, where several high-ranking members of the intelligence community will testify on Russian hacking during the election, Politico reports.
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