US Republican and Democratic senators on Sunday called for a special bipartisan panel to investigate cyber attacks against the United States by foreign countries with a focus on Russia's alleged efforts to influence the US presidential election.
Charles Schumer, who will be the Senate Democratic leader in the new US Congress in January, and John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said separately on Sunday that a select committee was needed to ensure effective congressional focus on the hacking of Democratic Party emails during the campaign.
"The fact that they're hacking our political system and trying to influence the outcome, as it seems to be, that is serious, serious stuff," Schumer of New York told a news conference in New York. He said the panel should also examine hacking by other countries including China and Iran.
Two other senators, Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island, joined Schumer and McCain of Arizona in sending a letter to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell requesting the panel, Schumer said.
I think we can call this good news.
I mean I have my doubts that the Republicans will not try to hijack this and use it to attack Hillary again, but if done right they might find proof that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian hackers in an attempt to hijack the election.
I am not sure what that would mean for the Trump administration moving forward, but I for one would really like to see proof if that happened, as the Clinton campaign manager clearly believes that it did.