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Democrats And Republicans Join In Demand For Select Cyber Panel

Four senators push Mitch McConnell for select committee on foreign cyber threats and Russian interference in US presidential polls.

Four US senators have written to Majority leader Mitch McConnell to set up a select committee on cybersecurity with two goals – a “top to bottom” review of Russia’s involvement in the recent presidential polls and determining a strategy towards cyberwarfare, a POLITICO report says. This call, also made through TV shows and press meets, comes even as McConnell has emphasized this to be the responsibility of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham have collaborated with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Jack Reed to write this letter despite Donald Trump’s dismissal of allegations that Russia interfered in the elections. They wrote "Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to address this unique challenge."

An open hearing on Russia’s involvement is scheduled for next month by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but the four Senators believe too many committees will not do the job.

“We want to find out what the Russians are doing to our political system and what other foreign governments might do to our political system, and then figure out a way to stop it. Only a select committee can do it,” Schumer said to the press. 

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