Local lawmakers react to cyber security hearing

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- "Hit Putin right in the face. He’s got a pair of two we got a full house," South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Thursday.

The senator is out with force against Russia. The Armed Services Committee holding a hearing to investigate Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 election. President Elect Donald Trump was skeptical of the claim.

"One of the most important decisions he’ll make as President elect and President Trump will be what to do about this," Graham added.

Many Republicans and Democrats on the committee seeing eye to eye and vowing to retaliate against Russia.

"We’ve got to make it painful for them and they know it’s going to be so painful so they will not attack us in the first place," Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) added.

The hearing went on for over 2 hours as top US intelligence officials testified. But some lawmakers questioned whether this was about the outcome of the election or America’s safety.

"We had particularly one Democratic Senator from Missouri who was turning it into something that was 100% partisan and had nothing to do with the security of our country," Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe fired back at Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill. He said she kept the focus on Russia rather than what he thinks is a more important issue, cyber security. Inhofe commended the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, for staying on that topic and looking for ways to protect the country.

"He said that Russia’s hacking did not change any vote tallies. And I think if we can just repeat that over and over so people can understand that because this, what they’re inferring is that it wasn’t a real election," Inhofe added.

Russian officials responded following the hearing saying they *weren’t involved in any way. But many of these lawmakers promise to keep pushing back until Russia faces consequences.

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