Members of Congress from the Democratic party called for the establishment of an independent Commission for the investigation of cyber attacks attributed to Russia, modeled on that which investigated the attacks of September 11, 2001, reports Reuters.
The authors proposed the adoption of «Law on the protection of our democracy», allowing to create a Commission, consisting of 12 representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties. The members of this independent body should not be in Congress, writes NEWSru.com.
Republican Senator John McCain, and senators-Democrats Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez said he will introduce a bill to the Congress the «comprehensive» sanctions against Russia for its attempts to influence U.S. elections in 2016.
The United States government released only a part of an investigation regarding Russia’s interference in the presidential election process in the United States in order not to reveal their intelligence sources and methods used to derive this information. This explanation was given on Monday, January 9, during a briefing in Washington, the speaker of the State Department of the USA John Kirby, reports UKRINFORM.
«I don’t think there should arise confusion from the fact that part of the unclassified top secret assessments and reports we protect our sources and methods,» — said Kirby, responding to criticism of the Russian journalist about the absence of specific evidence from the published report.
He recalled that all of the US intelligence community «came to the same conclusion,» including during re-inspections.
«Last week held a public hearing concerning these findings,» — said the representative of the state Department, stressing that after intelligence officials heard behind closed doors.
At the same time, according to Kirby, the U.S. intelligence community determines what information to disclose to the public announcement.
The speaker of the US state Department also stressed that the decision of the current administration to impose sanctions against Russia «is based on reliable information, obtained from all 17 intelligence agencies.» He once again stressed that Russia intervened in the electoral process in the United States.
Earlier it was reported that a proposal to introduce new anti-Russian sanctions was made by John McCain and his fellow party Senator Lindsey Graham. It was noted that the new sanctions will touch upon financial and energy sectors of the Russian economy.
We will remind, the United States on December 29 last year in connection with cyber attacks attributed to Russia, announced the introduction of sanctions against some Russian companies, the Federal security service and Main Directorate of the General staff of the armed forces. The American government also sent 35 Russian diplomats and announced the closure of two Russian-owned facilities in the States of new York and Maryland.
Unclassified version of the report about the alleged Russian interference in the elections in the U.S. American intelligence has published 6 Jan. The document said that U.S. intelligence has «high confidence» believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to launch a campaign of intervention in the US presidential election. According to Washington, the Russian leadership tried to discredit the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and to create the conditions for the victory of Republican Donald trump.
Moscow has repeatedly rejected the involvement of the Russian authorities to the attacks. Before the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow is tired of accusations.
«We have serious fatigue from these charges. It reminds in full-length the hunt for witches. We understand that our American colleagues at different stages were the kind of witch hunts», — told reporters the representative of the Kremlin.
Peskov also said that the Kremlin did not see in the report of evidence against Russia. According to him, «absolutely not supported by any unfounded accusations are enough Amateur on an emotional level, which is unlikely, probably, be applicable to the highly professional work of a superior intelligence».
In the U.S. Congress proposed to investigate cyber attacks Russia on the model of the September 11 attacks 10.01.2017