Many Republican legislators are making their best attempt to whitewash the Russian government’s intrusion into the presidential election, but Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is apparently not interested in placating his party’s masters.
McCain recently renewed his call for an investigation into the CIA’s findings of the Russian government employing hackers which broke into the Democratic Party’s email servers. Those emails were later leaked with the intention of damaging Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy. The leaked information, which was innocuous and described by President Obama as “fairly routine”, had disastrous results for the American people who are now being treated to Donald Trump’s imminent inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.
While a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” McCain told host Jake Tapper, “This is the sign of a possible unraveling of the world order that was established after World War II, which has made one of the most peaceful periods in the history of the world. We’re starting to see the strains and the unraveling of it, and that is because of the absolute failure of American leadership. When America doesn’t lead, a lot of other bad people do.” McCain went on to say, “This is serious business. If they’re able to harm the electoral process, they may destroy democracy, which is based on free and fair elections.”
There is no love loss between McCain and Trump. Trump said John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured, even though McCain suffered through years of torture in Vietnam. McCain ultimately refused to endorse Trump’s candidacy.
Thus far the top Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), have both declined McCain’s request. Unwilling to take no for an answer McCain also sent a letter to McConnell which, in part, said, “Cyber is the rare kind of all-encompassing challenge for which the Congress’s jurisdictional boundaries are an impediment to sufficient oversight and legislative action. Only a select committee that is time-limited, cross-jurisdictional, and purpose-driven can address the challenge of cyber. We believe it is justified by the extraordinary scope and scale of the cyber problem.” McCain’s letter was co-signed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
In discussing McConnell’s reluctance to open a special investigation, while simultaneously stating he is open to an already existing committee performing an investigation which would likely be watered down, McCain said to Tapper:
The responsibilities for cyber is spread over about four different committees in the Senate, and each doing their own thing, frankly, is not going to be the most efficient way of arriving at a conclusion. We need a select committee. We need to get to the bottom of this. We need to find out exactly what was done and what the implications of the attacks were, especially if they had an effect on our election.
There is no room for debate or doubt about the Russian government’s involving with impeding American democracy according to McCain, “There’s no doubt they were interfering and no doubt it was a cyber-attack. The question now is how much and what damage and what should the United States of America do? And so far, we’ve been totally paralyzed.”
The reason for that paralyzation is due to the media’s inability to hold Trump or his ilk accountable. This is partly caused by the media’s desire for ratings, and also for an unspoken fear of reprisal from President-elect Trump, who has proved himself to be a ruthless and disturbingly sensitive individual. Thankfully, at least, John McCain is willing to lead the charge against Trump. While he is a Republican, it is doubtful many Democrats would shun the idea of having him as the next president rather than a failed businessman who is in bed with the Russian government.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.