Top Republicans back Russia vote hack probe

Top Republicans back Russia vote hack probeSenior Republicans in Congress have said they will support further investigation of findings that Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election, BBC said on Monday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said any foreign intervention in the polls was unacceptable.

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly poured scorn on the claims, made by U.S. intelligence.

The CIA concluded on Friday that Russia's motive was to help Trump. McConnell and Ryan said their respective intelligence committees would investigate the allegations.

"Any foreign breach of our cyber-security measures is disturbing and I strongly condemn any such efforts," Senator McConnell told reporters, adding that "the Russians are not our friends".

Ryan echoed these remarks, but warned against exploiting the work of the intelligence community for "partisan purposes".

"As we work to protect our democracy from foreign influence, we should not cast doubt on the clear and decisive outcome of this election," he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The remarks came amid suggestions by Trump that the claims were politically motivated. On Sunday he told Fox News the Democrats were disseminating the "ridiculous" hacking reports because they lost the election.

On Monday, the Hillary Clinton campaign, which lost to Trump in last month's election, said it was supporting an effort by a handful of members of the Electoral College to request an intelligence briefing on the latest hacking allegations.

The Electoral College meets next week to ratify the results of the election.
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