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 McCainThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice 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 TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies 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."