Yesterday, it was reported that Republicans — led by Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham — were going all out to investigate the Russians tampering with our election. They sought to do so notwithstanding the preferences of the leader of the Republican party, Donald Trump, who believes the hacking was perpetuated by “some guy in his home in New Jersey” and who would prefer to let bygones be былоеs and let the Russians be on their way with a simple “thanks for making me President.”
“I’m going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia. I think they’re one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage. I think they did interfere with our elections and I want Putin personally to pay the price,” Lindsay Graham said.
“See, the problem with hacking is that if they’re able to disrupt elections, then it’s a national security issue, obviously,” McCain added, yesterday.
Now that at least two leading Republicans (plus Senator Bob Corker) are on board, Obama is joining the fight, demanding a “full review” of Russian-related election hacking, with a report due to him before he leaves office.
“We may be crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned,” Obama counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters this morning.
What does that mean? I have no idea, and Monaco did not commit to sharing the findings with the public. It’s not likely to result in an overturning of the election or anything, but it may at least strengthen the Democrats’ position that Trump did not win with any sort of mandate. Hopefully, it will also help to put a stop to future tampering with our democracy.