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 McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy 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 TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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 ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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 McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform 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."