- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 11, 2016

A group of senators from both sides of the aisle said Sunday that every American should be alarmed by news reports that the CIA has concluded that Russia tried to interfere with the U.S. election.

“For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” the senators said in a joint statement.

The statement was issued by Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer, the incoming Senate majority leader, and Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Republican Sens. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee.

“This cannot become a partisan issue,” the statement said. “The stakes are too high for our country.”

The statement was issued shortly before President-elect Donald Trump said the reports about Russia trying to tip the election in his favor were “ridiculous.”

“I don’t believe it,” Mr. Trump said in the interviewed aired on the “Fox News Sunday.” “I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country.”

The senators said that Congress’ national security committees had worked diligently to address the complex challenges of cybersecurity but the reports about Russian hacking indicate that more needed to be done.

“While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society,” they said. “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyberattacks.”

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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