McCain: There must be a 'price to pay' for Russian hacking

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told a Ukrainian news outlet that there should be a “price to pay” for Russian interference in the U.S. election.  

“When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said in an interview with a Ukrainian TV channel while visiting Kiev, according to Reuters.  

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"And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy." 

McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden DACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats MORE (R-S.C.), has been one of the toughest GOP voices on Russia. He has pushed for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE to be tough on Russia after he takes office, while Trump has struck a friendlier tone toward Moscow. 

McCain scheduled hearings on cyberthreats to the U.S. for Thursday. 

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