John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s bipartisan push to create a special committee to investigate Russia’s election-season hacking and other cybersecurity threats received a potential boost Monday [the 19th] as a third GOP senator announced legislation to make their idea a reality.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) told POLITICO he would introduce a bill that, if passed, would mandate a new select Senate committee on cybersecurity. The move could intensify pressure on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who so far has resisted appointing a select committee on cybersecurity. He insists the chamber’s traditional committees, led by the intelligence panel, should handle the issue.
So far, McCain, Graham and Gardner are the only republican senators calling for a select committee. Other republican senators, like Flake and Collins argue the existing committee structure can begin addressing the issue without delay.
Graham believes Donald Trump is not on the same page as the senate when it comes to dealing with Russia and its effort to influence the election. The Hill reports,
“There are 100 United States senators. … I would say that 99 percent of us believe that the Russians did this, and we’re going to do something about it,” Graham told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “The Situation Room” on Tuesday.