McCain Schedules Hearing On Cyber Threats, Including Russian Hacking

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz delivers his speech titled “America’s Enduring Commitment to Security and Prosperity in Asia” at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Distinguished Public Lecture on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) has scheduled a hearing for next Thursday on foreign cyber threats to the United States, which will include discussing allegations against Russia, Politico reported Friday. An unnamed committee aide also confirmed the meeting to CNN.

The Arizona senator invited James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and Marcel Lettre, the undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence to the hearing, the aide told CNN.

The news of the hearing comes just a day after President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russia in response to allegations of hacking during the presidential campaign.

As CNN pointed out, this hearing marks a major divide already between President-elect Donald Trump, who has said it was time to “move on” from the election, and members of his own party who have advocated for a tougher posture towards Russia.