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Schumer calls for special committee to investigate Russia's hacking

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-18 13:07:54-05

Senator Charles Schumer spoke Sunday morning, asking for an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Schumer said the Russia's hack "should raise the hackles of every American."

"The fact that [the Russians are] hacking our political system and trying to influence the outcome as it seems to be: that is serious, serious stuff."

Schumer says Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for a special senate investigative committee on the government hacking, elections and otherwise.

Schumer, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Texas), Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) want this committee to look into China and Iran as well as Russia for their hacking of our political system, as well as economic infrastructure and social system.

Schumer said Sunday morning that leader McConnell's suggestion to let the intelligence committee investigate alone is not enough for three reasons. First, he says there are conflicting jurisdictions, meaning things could be left out if this investigation was not kept under one umbrella committee. Second, he says information could be contradictory - the FBI could say one thing and the CIA could say another. Finally, Schumer says the existing committees are very busy as they prepare for a new administration, vet nominees and look at President-elect Trump's proposals.

"A select committee whose only focus is to get to the bottom of this si what is called for," said Schumer. "So the four of us - two Democrats and two Republicans are calling for this."

Schumer ended saying he does not want this to be a blame game.

"We don't want it to just be finger pointing at one person or another," said Schumer. "We want to find out what the Russians are doing to our political system and what other foreign governments might do to our political system. And then figure out a way to stop it."