McCain, Graham: Sanctions Are ‘Small Price For Russia To Pay’

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December 29, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a joint statement Thursday calling President Barack Obama’s new sanctions against Russia a “small price” for the country to pay.

“The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama Administration today are long overdue,” Graham and McCain said in the statement. “But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.”

Graham and McCain are among the most vocal Republican lawmakers calling for action against Russia.

During an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” McCain said that he would like to create a select committee to investigate Russian hacking. And both McCain and Graham signed a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to set up a special committee to investigate Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

In an interview with CNN that aired on Tuesday, Graham said that “99 of us” out out of 100 senators agree that Russia was behind hacks into the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic groups during the presidential race.

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