Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opposed to forming a select committee to investigate reports that Russia meddled in the U.S. election.

In an interview with Kentucky Educational Television that was flagged by the Huffington Post, McConnell said that it was "a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated," but he argued the investigation would be best handled through the existing committee structure.

McConnell said in the interview he was confident that the Senate Intelligence Committee led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) was "fully capable" of handling the investigation.

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During his final press conference of 2016, President Barack Obama defended his administration's response to the hacking of the DNC, arguing that the politics of the election had a significant impact in the administration's decision to let the intelligence community lead the the charge and not to make any conclusions about the motives.

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Senate Democrats are dubbing President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin the "Foreclosure King" on a new website they've set up to solicit public complaints from people allegedly hurt by Mnuchin's past work in financial services.

Mnuchin– the former chief executive officer and chairman of OneWest Bank– was accused of aggressively foreclosing on homes during the financial crisis.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Jeff Merkely (D-OR) are leading the charge.

“After years peddling the kind of dangerous‎ mortgage-backed securities that eventually blew up the economy, Mnuchin swooped in after the crash to take a second bite out of families by aggressively--and sometimes illegally--foreclosing on their homes,” Warren said in a statement about the website. “This man has engaged in the worst kinds of practices on Wall Street and directly hurt thousands of working families – and now, Donald Trump wants to literally hand him the keys to the Treasury where he can make big banks even richer at the expense of America's families.”

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Senate Democrats will introduce legislation in January seeking to force the disclosure and divestment of any of President-elect Donald Trump's business interests before he is sworn into office.

The bill also requires that the vice president and cabinet officials and other presidential appointees do the same before assuming their duties.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have all signed onto the legislation that has very little chance of being brought up for a vote in a Republican-controlled Senate that is going to be more focused on rapidly confirming Trump's nominees and repealing the Affordable Care Act at the beginning of the year.

Democrats argue that Trump's vast business interests– which range from connections to foreign governments and international investors in places like Libya, Turkey and China– will affect his ability to lead the country.

"Our President-elect has significantly greater risk of business and financial conflicts of interest than any other president, yet has so far refused to follow the precedent set by previous presidents. To this day, President-elect Trump has refused to address his conflicts of interest," said Coons said in a statement.

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