McCain said in interview to CBS, Censor.NET reports.
Responding to intelligence officials' report that Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) on Sunday said he doesn't know what to make of Mr. Trump's dismissal of the issue.
"I don't know what to make of it because it's clear the Russians interfered," he told CBS' "Face the Nation." "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. But facts are stubborn things. They did hack into this campaign."
In the meantime, McCain said, senators are putting together a plan to investigate the issue through a subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee -- and that he's "confident" it will be handled on a bipartisan basis.
McCain also said he's concerned about Mr. Trump's posture toward Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, reminding the public that Putin is not someone to be underestimated.
"Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer and a KGB agent," he said. "...Let's call Vladimir Putin for what he is. Does that mean you don't deal with him or talk to him? Of course you talk to him. But you do it the way that Ronald Reagan did, and that's from a position of strength."
McCain said he hopes Mr. Trump takes the advice of people like his appointee for the Defense Department, retired Gen. James Mattis, on how to deal with Russia.
"I hope that he would call people that he respects and who the American people respect and get the facts," McCain said. "The facts are there about Russian behavior and Russian -- not just hacking into the United States 2016 election campaign, but throughout the world."
Earlier, The Washington Post reported on Dec. 9 that CIA concluded that hackers' attacks on the part of Russia against U.S. official authorities during the presidential campaign were aimed at Trump's support, not at discrediting the democratic elections in general.
In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Trump said that new revelations about Russia's influence on his behalf are "ridiculous."
"It's just another excuse. I don't believe it," Trump said. "… Every week it's another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College."
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