- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is joining two other senior Democrats in calling for an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The commission would investigate alleged Russian hacking of U.S. political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the U.S. can take to defend itself in the future.

Leahy was joined in calling for the commission by fellow Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Diane Feinstein of California.

They want the commission to have access to classified and open-source information as well as having subpoena power.

Leahy says the right to vote- the foundation of American democracy -is undermined if a foreign country can interfere with democratic processes.

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