Top GOP Leaders Break Ranks & Join Calls For Investigation Of Russia

High-ranking Republicans are joining the calls for an investigation after the Washington Post alleged that a recent CIA report concluded that Russia has attempted to interfere in the 2016 election, and the allegations were met with serious controversy.

When the Post dropped its bombshell several days ago, there was an immediate and extremely partisan dispute over whether the report was a politically motivated attempt to overturn the election or a legitimate concern over what appeared to be Russian attempts to influence the election in President-Elect Donald Trump’s favor.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke ranks with Trump and joined the calls for an investigation, taking a more concerned line than most of Trump’s core supporters:

“Let me just speak for myself: The Russians are not our friends. I think we ought to approach all of these issues on the assumption the Russians do not wish us well.” — Sen. Mitch McConnell

WATCH: Senator McConnell’s full comments:

He is joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“Any foreign intervention in our elections is entirely unacceptable. And any intervention by Russia is especially problematic because, under President Putin, Russia has been an aggressor that consistently undermines American interests.” — Speaker Paul Ryan

Trump has repeatedly dismissed such concerns and waged a war of words against the accusers via Twitter, saying, it is time to “move on.” He has been joined by others, such as former UN Ambassador John Bolton, the FBI, and an enraged Sean Hannity.

The controversy is not likely to let up anytime soon. Conservative media has been split in half over the issue, with some unquestioningly supporting Trump, while others take a more concerned tone over how Russian influence in American politics bodes for us.

There can be no doubt that Vladimir Putin is not the friend of the United States or its Republic. Putin is a dictator, out to undermine America, its institutions, its power, and its people. To Putin, “peace” means peace on his terms, not a halt to his conquest of his neighbors in pursuit of vainglorious imperial dreams, nor armed flights into neighboring countries airspace, nor a halt to his slow conversion of Russia to an increasingly warlike footing.

It is most certainly true that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats will throw away a moment when we should stand united and will attempt to gain maximum leverage from this for political gain. The likes of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, or any of the other leading lights in the Democratic Party, are most certainly not above using this as a means of trying to overturn the election if they can.

However, that should not deter us from being determined to root out Russian subversion. We can police our own politics without the “aid” foreign tyrants pretend to offer. In terms of whatever information Russia has brought to light regarding Clinton, I say “beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” He is not discrediting her out of the goodness of his heart.

If Trump and the Republicans are telling the truth about being the more patriotic party, the one that won’t let itself be taken for a ride by foreign powers the way Obama and the Democrats have (Iran, the Russian “reset” button, etc), then they will agree to a careful investigation. When Hillary tried to use the same “politically motivated” argument to try to escape the FBI investigation we pressed for, we told her that only someone with something to hide need fear the truth. Surely, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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