GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2016 3:15 AM CST
Updated Dec 9, 2016 6:37 AM CST
GOPers Getting Ready to Probe Russian 'Election Meddling'
John McCain tours TPQ Foods in Phoenix last month.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post. The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election and other cyberattacks. The Obama administration has accused Moscow of hacking American political sites to interfere with the election, but in a Time interview this week, Trump, who has praised Vladimir Putin and promised to improve relations with Russia, disagreed. "I don't believe they interfered," he said. "It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey."

House and Senate Democrats may find themselves allied with Senate Republicans on the issue: Democrats wrote to President Obama this week asking for a classified briefing on "Russian or Russian-related interference or involvement in our recent election," including the spreading of fake news stories, the Guardian reports. The Post reports that administration officials say they had planned to brief senators on Russian hacking on Thursday but had to cancel when the Senate Intelligence Committee broadened the scope of the hearing. Reuters reports that there's a second Russian issue that could cause clashes between senators and Trump: On Thursday, a bipartisan group of 27 senators wrote to the president-elect calling for him to take a hard line against Moscow's "military land grab" in Ukraine. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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