Sen. John McCain has set up an emergency hearing on cyber threats, where several high-ranking members of the intelligence community will testify on Russian hacking during the election.
McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be joined by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Nation Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers, and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre, according to an unnamed source familiar with the committee’s plans.
Donald Trump has previously denied allegations that Russian agents interfered in the election.
In mid-December, McCain said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he wanted Congress to create a select committee to investigate Russia’s involvement in the hacks that occurred during the election, saying, “I would like, in an ideal world, to have a select committee.”
“It’s clear the Russians interfered,” McCain added. “Now, whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that’s a subject of investigation.”
Although President Barack Obama has announced sanctions on Moscow, McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that they would seek stronger sanctions against Russia in the upcoming Congress.