It's like the plot of a fantastical political thriller.
Russian hackers attempt to subvert the American
An outrageous scenario, right? Unfortunately, it is not a book or a movie — it is current reality.
If it had been
To his great credit, Arizona Sen.
"It's clear the Russians interfered," McCain said on the CBS Sunday news program "Face the Nation." "Now, whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that's a subject of investigation."
In stark contrast with the patriotic McCain, Trump and his surrogate hit squads have been attempting to twist the story to imply that the CIA is in cahoots with Democrats who want to delegitimize Trump's victory over Clinton. The president-elect tapped out a series of nonsensical tweets on the subject. In one, he said it is impossible to know who is perpetrating a cyberattack unless the hacker is caught in the act, an assertion that is demonstrably untrue. He then asked, "Why wasn't this brought up before the election?" That query was especially bizarre since Trump himself raised the topic in tweets as early as July, and Clinton talked about it in the third presidential debate.
What Trump's reaction reveals is that he is far quicker to defend himself when he imagines he is being attacked than he is to rise to the defense of his country. It is scandalous that his knee-jerk, self-centered response to the hacking revelations was to unleash his sycophants to slander the intelligence community upon which the security of the United States depends.
Trump’s willingness to believe Russian denials rather than CIA evidence has enhanced concerns about his choice of ExxonMobil Chief Executive
As secretary of State, Tillerson would have a major influence over whether to lift economic sanctions imposed on Russia after Russia's seizure of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. As ExxonMobil's top man, he has criticized those penalties. The oil corporation's stock value would increase if sanctions are dropped, making Tillerson an even richer man, given that he now reportedly holds $151 million in ExxonMobil shares.
McCain wants to put some hard questions to Tillerson, as he should. We will see how many of his Republican colleagues show similar spine. My guess is that most of them will acquiesce to their new president's dangerous flirtation with a ruthless Russian regime — a regime that considers an American election a target of opportunity.
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