Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is asking for the creation of a non-partisan commission to investigate reports of Russian interference in the U.S. election, one similar to the 9/11 Commission.
"Russia attacked us. They attacked us in November in trying to compromise our free election system and there's evidence that they're continuing to try to infiltrate our country," Cardin said on Fox News Wednesday, adding that the "blue-ribbon" commission would have "broad powers" beyond that of the FBI.
"Russia is trying to bring down our democratic institutions," he continued.
Earlier Wednesday, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that the House Intelligence Committee has been investigating these reports "for months."
"The Democrats may be new to this investigation. But the Republicans in the House, as it relates to Russia and their attempts to interfere in our elections, we're not new to it," he added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that Russia's actions are "a significant issue," which Congress will investigate, but not with a "special committee."
"We know how to do our work. We have an intelligence committee. Over in the judiciary committee Lindsey Graham has a subcommittee that is going to take a look at it," McConnell told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. "I don't think we need to go through setting up a special committee but we are going to look at Russian involvement in the U.S. election. It's a significant issue."
"We know they were messing around with it. We don't think they have any impact on the outcome but, obviously, we are not going to ignore something like that," McConnell added.
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