Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued in his soon-to-be-released book the United States should consider conducting a cyberattack against Russia in response to its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
According to Defense News, McCain's book — "The Restless Wave," slated for a May 22 release — makes it clear how he would like to see Russia and its President Vladimir Putin handled.
"I'm of the opinion that unless Putin is made to regret his decision he will return to the scene of the crime again and again," McCain wrote, referencing the Russian government's election interference.
"We have cyber capabilities, too. They should be used to expose the epic scale of his regime's corruption or to embarrass [Putin] in other ways."
Agencies within the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia tried to influence the election result. FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, indicted 13 Russians for their role in the election.
"I don't hate Russia. I want for it the same freedom, justice, and prosperity that Americans have," McCain wrote in the book. "I hate Putin, though."
McCain also called the Russian president "an evil man."
Regarding the infamous dossier that contains scandalous but unverified claims about President Donald Trump being in Russia, McCain said he does not know what to believe.
"I don't know what is true, partially true, or not true in the dossier," he wrote. "But I was skeptical that Trump or his aides had actively cooperated with Russia's interference."
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