Influential senators from both parties amplified calls for an independent investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, setting up a clash with President-elect Donald Trump over U.S. policy toward Russia and potentially his pick for secretary of state.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued a joint statement Sunday with the incoming Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, and top Armed Services Committee Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island that Russian interference in the election "should alarm every American." They said Congress must investigate further without allowing it to become a partisan issue.
But in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Trump again bluntly dismissed reports of Russian meddling, calling them "ridiculous" and an attempt to undermine his victory. Read More
Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security
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Trump’s over-inflated ego may prove his downfall. We can only hope and pray that he does not bring down the country with him. Is a president who willful refuses to keep informed on matters important to the security of the nation and its allies guilty of treason may become an issue at a future date in Trump presidency. A president needs to take advantage of the daily intelligence briefing to stay abreast of developments around the world. Even seemingly trivial or unimportant developments may prove the tip of a dangerous iceberg. It is sheer foolishness to dismiss the need for such briefings out of the mistaken belief that one is smart enough to do without them.Team Trump defends possible secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson as top Republicans knock him for close ties to Putin
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I don’t believe that Trump’s claim to be “open-minded” on climate change is believable. First, being “open-minded” means different things to different people. In his own estimation he may be “open-minded” when to other people he is clearly not. Second, one does abandon being a climate change skeptic overnight. Third, he has appointed a climate change skeptic to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Trump transition team is gathering information on pro-climate change staff and consultants with the EPA without offering a satisfactory explanation as to why. As my grandparents and my mother used to say, actions speak louder than words. Fourth, Trump is not known for his truthfulness or his trustworthiness. He has a long history of telling lies and distorting the truth. He has shown over and over again that he cannot be relied upon to be honest or truthful. Speaking one’s mind is not the same as being honest or truthful. One can speak one’s mind and be lying or misrepresenting the facts.Donald Trump’s Real Threat to the Press