Armed Services Committee

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. 

Success of Sprawling Defense Policy Bill Remains Uncertain
Partisan politics, abbreviated calendar, veto threat loom

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas says he is working to finish the defense policy bill during the pre-election session in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House and Senate Armed Services committees can trace their clout on Capitol Hill and within the Pentagon to one simple fact: The defense authorization has been signed into law annually for more than half a century.

The panels’ unprecedented 54-year legislative streak gives them tremendous authority over Pentagon policy and spending priorities, and allows them to take a much more muscular approach to oversight than many other congressional committees.