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John McCain and Lindsey Graham are backing off of their push for a select committee on cybersecurity after Russian interference in the election, bowing to the political reality that the Senate Republican Conference largely does not back their idea.
The Arizona and South Carolina Republican senators, along with Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, have been pushing the Senate for weeks to create a new panel to investigate broader cyber threats as well as Russian activity in the 2016 presidential race. They favor creating a new panel over the current piecemeal investigatory structure. McCain’s Armed Services Committee as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee are all pursuing probes into the Russian hacking.
For now, Graham said, that will have to do.
originally posted by: Tardacus
McCain is a straight up war monger,
he went to Syria to meet with the moderately rebellious isis folks to set up money and weapons deliveries.
I think he`s senile and trying to vicariously relive his glory years of killing Vietnamese through a new generation of warriors.
his eyes are completely blank and empty when he talks like he hasn`t got 2 functioning brain cells working at the same time.
originally posted by: Ohanka
I don't think John McCain had any "grand plan" to humiliate the Democrats. He's just an unapologetic warhawk whose latest insane scheme backfired.
How old is this guy now anyway? He must be about 80. He keeps going he's gonna be the next Strom Thurmond.
Time to retire John, let some new blood into the Party.
They favor creating a new panel over the current piecemeal investigatory structure. McCain's Armed Services Committee as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee are all pursuing probes into the Russian hacking.
McCain said he'd spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about the matter. McConnell prefers to use the Intelligence Committee to spearhead the cyber investigation, and McCain said their discussions had done little to move the GOP leader.
"He said he doesn't think we need it," McCain said.
The top Democrats and Republicans on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services and the Intelligence committees were scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss "what each committee is doing," said Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Their goal is to coordinate the various investigations so that they don't trip over each other.
But that doesn't mean the discussion over the select committee is over. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who has backed the idea since 2015, is still expected later this year to introduce a bill establishing a select committee later. And McCain will hold the Congress's first hearing on the hackings on Thursday.
originally posted by: annoyedpharmacist
Im not sure if Graham and McCain are capable of being clever.