McCain: Russia could undermine democracy unless US acts

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure MORE (R-Ariz.) says Russia has the potential to undermine democracy unless U.S. officials respond to the country's meddling in the presidential election.

"On the issue of the Russians, there is no doubt about it and we have to act and we have to have a policy — which this administration does not have — and address this threat to our national security," McCain said in a CNN interview that aired Tuesday.

"If they're able to undermine an election, they're able then to undermine democracy."


McCain said he expects President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE to change his view regarding the Russian interference when presented with "overwhelming evidence."

A secret CIA assessment concluded Russia intervened in the presidential race to help Trump, but the president-elect has dismissed that assessment, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing warmer relations with Russia.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' Leaving Afghanistan: Is it victory or defeat? MORE (R-S.C.) argued during the joint CNN interview Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans are united in their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I think most of us, Democrats and Republicans, really believe that Russia is up to no good all over the world. They're trying to break the back of democracies," he said.

"And if we don't push back against Putin, Iran and China, they can hack into our systems."

Graham said the U.S. needs to show other nations what will happen to them if they try to interfere in the country's democratic process. 

"To my Republican colleagues: It's the Democrats today, it could be us tomorrow."