McCain: 'No information' Russia meant to help Trump, calls for investigation

McCain: 'No information' Russia meant to help Trump, calls for investigation

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) said it's clear Russian hackers interfered with the U.S. presidential election but that there is "no information" about whether it was done to help President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE

"It's obvious that the Russians hacked into our campaigns," McCain said in a Reuters interview Monday. 

"But there is no information that they were intending to affect the outcome of the election, and that's why we need a congressional investigation."

McCain made similar comments on CBS's "Face The Nation" Sunday. 

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"Whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that's a subject for investigation," McCain said.

"But the facts are stubborn things. They did hack into this campaign," he said

The Washington Post reported Friday that a CIA assessment said with "high confidence" Russian hackers were trying to help Trump win the election by obtaining and releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee, as well as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE campaign chairman John Podesta.

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans are calling for an investigation into Russia's interference. On Monday, leading Senate Democrats called for a bipartisan commission to investigate Russian election interference.

McCain supports a special select committee to review Russian involvement, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) said Monday that the CIA's findings should be investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee instead.

Trump and his allies have dismissed the allegations and efforts to investigate them. On Monday, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said allegations of Russian tampering were coming from "people who are bitter that their candidate lost."