John McCain believes that the Russians tried to influence the American election and is aghast at the Donald Trump administration’s refusal to acknowledge that.
“I don’t know what to make of it because it’s clear the Russians interfered,” the Arizona senator said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that’s a subject of investigation. But facts are stubborn things. They did hack into this campaign.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and a former UK ambassador close to him have said with 100 percent certainty that Russia had nothing to do with the leaks.
But that couldn’t stop McCain from pushing the establishment narrative as he’s done for his entire career, even if it means going against actual conservatives to do it.
To that end, McCain told “Face The Nation” that he, and other senators, are getting a plan together to investigate on a bipartisan basis.
“We’ll go to work on it, we’ll go to work immediately because the issue of cyber is not a static issue,” McCain said. “You can’t make this issue partisan, it’s just — it’s too important. A fundamental of a democracy is a free and fair election.”
And the former 2008 Republican presidential candidate took the opportunity to blast Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer and a KGB agent,” he said, before taking a swipe at Trump’s reported pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
“It’s a matter of concern to me that he has such a close personal relationship with Vladimir Putin,” McCain said. “And obviously they’ve done enormous deals together and that would color his approach to Vladimir Putin and the Russian threat.”
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