Washington's lawmakers will join forces for a thorough bipartisan investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted Friday morning, and he hopes to hear incoming President Donald Trump say he'll allow whatever investigation happens to go forward.
"For a foreign power to interfere in our elections, whether they affected the outcome or not, is devastating," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.
"It's never happened really in a serious way before. If we do nothing against Russia and don't get to the bottom of this, they'll do it again, China will do it, Iran will do it."
There are many Republicans in the Senate, including Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who are "appalled" by Russia's actions, said Schumer, and "we will unite with them to make sure there's a thorough investigation."
As Trump takes office, Schumer said he is concerned about his moves to the "hard right," despite his election campaigns against both the Democratic and Republican establishments.
"Just about all of his moves since he has come in, particularly his cabinet appointments, have been hard right," said Schumer. "I'm looking to see if in this address he is going to move back a little bit because these cabinet people are people [President] George W. Bush wouldn't have chosen."
Schumer said some of Trump's cabinet picks, such as retired Gen. James Mattis and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, do give him hope there will be independent voices in the president's administration.
"I think Mattis could be actually a guide and maybe a check on President Trump in the foreign policy area and a lot of my Republican colleagues are for him for that reason," said Schumer.
Meanwhile, the push to repeal and replace Obamacare is concerning, but Republicans do not have a replacement plan, said Schumer, claiming that his opposition is now whispering, "hey, this isn't working."
Schumer said that he'd tell Americans that even "in times of trouble, the American people are practical, optimistic, decent, and they always bring us back . . . I believe in the people of this country, I always have."
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