McConnell stands firm: No select committee needed to investigate Russian meddling

McConnell stands firm: No select committee needed to investigate Russian meddling
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat MORE (R-Ky.) said in a new interview that no select committee is needed to look into the Russian meddling in the US. presidential election.

McConnell in an interview that aired Monday with Kentucky Educational Television described Russian hacking as a "serious issue," according to The Washington Examiner.

But it "doesn't require" a special committee, he added.

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"We have a Senate Intelligence Committee and a House Intelligence Committee, run by knowledgeable, responsible people," McConnell said. 

"There's no question that the Russians were messing around in our election. It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated."

"In the Senate, we're gonna investigate that in what we call regular order," he said.

The Kentucky Republican said he thinks the Senate Intelligence Committee is "fully capable of handling this."

Some lawmakers are pushing for a select committee investigation into Moscow's meddling. They have been careful to cast calls for the probe as nonpartisan and focused on national security.
 
President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE's team has blasted a CIA assessment that concluded Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win the presidency. Trump and his team have sought to cast the reports as "ridiculous" and an attempt to undermine the president-elect's win.
 
McConnell during the new interview said if Russia were trying to help elect Trump, they made a "bad investment."
 
"Because look at who he is picking for his Cabinet," he said, citing retired Gen. James Mattis and Rep. Mike Pompeo.
 
McConnell also defended Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of State.

"I know Rex pretty well," he said. "He was representing his company — that was his job to be CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the largest corporations in the world and they search for oil and gas all over the world."

"In many of those places, the government is not ones we are particularly fond of, so I thought he did an excellent job doing what he was hired at Exxon Mobile to do."