Senator John McCain’s opening remarks at Thursday’s Congressional hearings on the Russian hacking scandal have been widely interpreted as a rebuke of President Elect Donald Trump. Making a statement that directly opposes Trump’s plea to “move on” from the hacks, McCain, sternly stressed the seriousness of the situation.”Every American should be alarmed by Russia’s attacks on our nation,” he said. “There’s no escaping the fact that this committee meets today … in the aftermath of an unprecedented attack on our democracy.”
McCain added that the hearings are not intended “to question the outcome of the election nor should it be,” but that full transparency issue needed and the process must be bipartisan.
At one point soon thereafter, the topic turned to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and this exchange took place between McCain, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Admiral Michael Rogers of the National Security Agency:
Clapper: “I believe he is the one who’s responsible for publishing the names of individuals who work for us who put us in direct danger.”
McCain: “Do you think there’s any credibility we should attach to this individual?”
Clapper: “Not in my view.”
Rogers. “I would second those comments.”
We will continue to keep you updated on the hearings throughout the day.
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