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Dem lawmaker: U.S. cyberattack would have 'crippled' Russia

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenTim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot House subcommittee debates reparations bill for Black Americans House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (D-Tenn.) said Tuesday that the U.S. should have launched a crippling cyber attack against Russia in response to its interference in the 2016 election.

“What would be a sufficient response in your mind to, as you said, 'this Russian act of war,” Hill.TV co-host Buck Sexton asked Cohen on “Rising.”

"A cyber attack that made Russian society valueless — our cyber abilities are such that we could have crippled Russia," Cohen said. 

"If they all fell underneath the Kremlin and buried together, it’d be too soon,” Cohen added.

This response comes after President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE on Monday refused to denounce Russia interference in the 2016 election.

In a joint press conference with Putin, Trump sided with Moscow over U.S. intelligence agencies, saying he doesn't "see any reason why" Russia would be responsible.

The comments sparked criticism from several members from his own party.

Last week, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned that "the warning lights are blinking red again" on cyberattacks, and the situation is now at a "critical point."  
 

— Tess Bonn