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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting bipartisan calls for a special committee to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, which American intelligence says was aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The likely meddling by Russia "is a serious issue, but it doesn't require a select committee," said McConnell, R-Ky. The Senate intelligence committee is able to investigate the matter, he added.
CIA Director John Brennan has said the intelligence community is in agreement that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, although there's no evidence Moscow succeeded in helping Trump win.
"There's no question that the Russians were messing around in our election," McConnell told Kentucky Educational Television on Monday night. "It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated."
Still, McConnell said the issue should be investigated in "regular order" by the Senate intelligence panel, which is "fully capable of handling this."
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Chuck Schumer, among others, disagree with McConnell because they know full well that leaving it to Senate intelligence will quickly turn this partisan (Remember Benghazi?) and that many Republicans have little interest in finding out that their new president was chosen for them by the Kremlin.
Then of course there is the matter of Mitch McConnell's wife serving with the Trump administration.
Can you say "conflict of interest?"
I knew that you could.