Divide in Washington over whether to investigate Russian hacking claims

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Questions remain over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Following news of a CIA assessment showing the Russians favored President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, many are calling for investigations.

Hans Von Spakovsky, a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says Congress should not be investigating the hacking when there is no evidence of Russian interference.

"What do we do to protect the integrity of our elections?" said Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va).

Who the heck is hacking? Kaine, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate, is one of many on Capitol Hill seeking answers. According to reports, an assessment by the CIA shows Russia interfered, and did so to boost Republican candidate Donald Trump.

"I think it's got to give everybody a greater sense of passion for making sure that we have the capacity and we know how to use it to protect our country," said Kaine.

A bipartisan group of senators wants to investigate who was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign insiders, and what the motives were.

It is not clear if Republicans who are calling for answers share the same view as Democrats, some of whom allege the hacks could have swayed voters.

Not everyone agrees these allegations deserve an investigation, including the man who will take over here in late January. President-elect Donald Trump says there is no evidence that Russians are responsible for the hackings. He is also questioning why Democrats waited until after the election to investigate.

"So far, there hasn't been a single bit of credible evidence released showing that the Russian government had anything to do with trying to hack the American election system," said Hans Von Spakovsky, a Senior Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

He says he doesn't see any purpose in Congress conducting its own investigation, especially when the CIA is lacking substantial proof.

"Do they have agents inside the Russian government who are telling them that this was the intent of the Russian government? If they don't have that, then there's no way they can come to this conclusion," said Von Spakovsky.

The FBI also is not fully embracing the CIA's assessment that the Russians acted in favor of Trump, because of a lack of evidence.

President Barack Obama ordered a full review of Russian hacking during the election. He wants the report by January 20, his last day in office.



 
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