The office of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told POLITICO today that he “rejects any politicization” over the issue of alleged Russian interference in the November election. Even while Democrats are calling for a Congressional investigation of supposed hacks by Russia of the email systems of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, he has yet to join them. Ryan's spokesperson, AshLee Strong declared that Ryan will not comment or characterize on the "content of classified briefings but he rejects any politicization of intelligence matters."
Donald Trump has rejected the claims of Russian hacks. However, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement today in conjunction with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) that said that any Russian meddling in American politics "should alarm every American." They called for a Congressional investigation that is nonpartisan in nature. Speaking in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Trump dismissed the reports as "ridiculous" but also an effort to to undermine his victory. However, Reince Priebus -- Trump's incoming chief of staff -- suggested that Trump will not oppose such an investigation.
Top Republicans blasted reports from anonymous American intelligence sources that Russia hacked Democratic e-mail accounts with the intention of turning the election to Donald Trump.
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer blasted anonymous sources within the Obama administration that claim that Russia hacked the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, the Democratic National Committee, and the Republican National Committee. Spicer said “What proof does anyone have that they affected the outcome? Because I’ve heard zero. Okay?” Speaking on CNN, the outspoken Republican added, “So show me what facts have actually shown that anything undermined that election.” Spicer said, “If [the CIA] is so certain it happened, why won’t they go on the record and say it?”
On December 9, reporters at The New York Times and The Washington Post were told that U.S. intelligence has “high confidence” that Russians accessed the email accounts of the two major parties, and then forwarded them to WikiLeaks -- the hacking organization founded by dissident Julian Assange that advocates for transparency in government so as to aid Donald Trump’s campaign.
That day, President Obama ordered a review of the alleged role played by Russia in leaking emails that detailed the inner workings and reasoning of Democrats such as Clinton’s closest aides, including campaign chairman John Podesta and communications assistant Jen Palmieri. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has demanded a congressional probe.
Spicer said that the RNC was not hacked and accused the intelligence community of being “upset with the outcome of the election” and “pushing a personal agenda.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid fired back and said “This is not fake news. Intelligence officials are hiding connections to the Russian government. There is no question.”
Schumer will replace Reid in January. Reid is retiring, having decline to stand for reelection.