Russian hack

What’s Congress’ Role in the Russia Investigation? One Senator Explains

Ep. 36: Spooked by Russia
The Week Ahead

CQ Roll Call’s intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas separates fact from fiction on all the Russia-related reports that have thrown the nation’s capital into a tizzy. 

Russian Hacking Report Due Next Week
Obama ordered unclassified version last month

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers that the intelligence community will brief its oversight committees early next week on the report before providing a similar briefing to the full House and Senate. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congress will be briefed next week on the intelligence community’s report detailing Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said Thursday.

An unclassified version of the report, which President Barack Obama ordered the nation’s spy agencies to draw up last month, will be released to the public as well, Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Bipartisan Senators Call for New Committee on Russian Hacking
Group includes incoming minority leader and Armed Services chairman

Sens. Charles E. Schumer, left, and John McCain, right, are calling for a new committee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of four senators is calling for a select committee to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, Armed Services Chairman John McCain of Arizona, Armed Services ranking member Jack Reed of Rhode Island, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday that the Senate should establish a temporary committee to investigate the matter. The new committee would also develop comprehensive recommendations to improve cybersecurity. 

Bolton Suggests Russian Hacking Could be ‘False Flag’
Deputy secretary of State possibility blames Obama administration for politicizing the issue

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Russian hacking is too sophisticated to leave fingerprints. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images file photo)

John Bolton, who is rumored to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for deputy secretary of state, made waves Sunday when he questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hacking had influenced the presidential election.

“It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News.