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Rep. Cummings: Ignoring Russia's Alleged Election Hack 'Congressional Malpractice'

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 12:45 PM

Lawmakers would be committing "legislative and congressional malpractice" by not taking a bipartisan look at claims that Russia may have influenced the U.S. presidential election, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Cummings had a lengthy discussion about Democrats' wish to begin a probe into the alleged misdoings of America's former Cold War foe.

"The fact is, that all 17 of our intelligence agencies have said without a doubt Russia was involved in trying to interfere and interfering with the 2016 presidential election," Cummings told host Joe Scarborough. "That's a unanimous thing."

Cummings said he's gotten "radio silence" from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, regarding a Russian investigation, according to CNN. Cummings is the ranking Democratic member on that committee.

When asked why he's gotten no response from Republicans, Cummings said staff members have told him things are in a holding pattern until President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

"In the meantime, we're trying to garner support from our Republican colleagues, and certainly I think we have lot of Democrats that are ready to join us," Cummings said. "But so far, we have not had one single Republican in the House to express interest, but I'm expecting that to change soon.

"I think when they look at the significance of this, it would be literally legislative and congressional malpractice not to address this in a bipartisan way."

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